The cocaine, weighing almost 345 kilos, was left abandoned at the Brussels airport in eight suitcases There are no detainees for the case in any of the countries
The Boeing 787-800 plane , from the Belgian airline Tui fly , which arrived at the main Brussels airport with 345 kilos of cocaine from the Gregorio Luperón International Airport , in Puerto Plata, left Dominican territory a day before it was carried out. the prohibition of flights, as a preventive measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
The aircraft arrived at the Brussels-Zaventem terminal on Monday 16, when the closure of flights in the Dominican Republic began and which was announced on Saturday 14 at night by the Government.
If the flight had already taken place within the time that the ban was already in force, which was not the case, the Government could have authorized it, provided it was on departure, so that hundreds of tourists were not stranded with the measure. This was explained by a source to Diario Libre, which cites that civil aviation law 491-06 , empowers it.
He explains that the Government is allowed in a state of emergency to issue flight permits for aircraft to come looking for stranded people or tourists and return to their countries “not to bring people.”
“Unfortunately, these tourists either have to be welcomed by the government and given all the necessary help they may need, or they have to allow them to return to their destination, otherwise it is practically kidnapping them” if these pick-up flights are not allowed.
He cited the dozens of ferry-type flights that have been allowed in those cases these days by the coronavirus.
The plane Boeing 787-800, from the Belgian airline Tui fly, took off in the evening hours of Sunday the 15th and its arrival in Brussels-Zaventem was around 13 hours and 15 minutes. The time difference between the Dominican Republic and Belgium is six hours.
In its report yesterday, IDAC identified the flight as regular under number TB178 and said the case is under investigation by both countries.
“The airlines of the Dominican Republic do not have Boeing 787-800 aircraft, large-size, wide-body passenger aircraft within their fleets,” he also clarified.
He said that the airline Tui Fly Belgium was previously called Jetairfly, “whose flight operations center is located in Zaventem, in the same country, and operates regular and charter flights to and from different destinations in the Dominican Republic.”
According to the Belgian authorities, the drug was inside eight suitcases that were left abandoned in the baggage belt of the mentioned airport.