Image: Twitter Screenshot @InfosFrancaises
Passengers were in panic on an Aeromexico flight Thursday after their plane was struck by gunfire following the arrest of druglord El Chapo’s son.
Infos Françaises shared on Twitter: MEXICO: The city of #Culiacan is transformed into a war zone by dozens of men armed with heavy weapons after the arrest of drug trafficker Ovidio Guzman, son of El Chapo. Airliners are targeted and schools and administrations are closed.
🇲🇽 MEXIQUE : La ville de #Culiacan est transformée en zone de guerre par des dizaines d’hommes munis d’armes lourdes après l’arrestation du narcotrafiquant Ovidio Guzman, fils d’El Chapo. Des avions de ligne sont pris pour cible et les écoles et administrations sont fermées. pic.twitter.com/Z3BqbajDkX
— Infos Françaises (@InfosFrancaises) January 5, 2023
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Dramatic footage captured the chaos unfolding aboard an Aeromexico flight when the aircraft was struck by gunfire that erupted at a Mexican airport following the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán-López, the son of notorious druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
David Tellez, 42, shared a cellphone recording on Twitter Thursday showing terrified travelers aboard Aeromexico Flight 165 from Culiacan to Mexico City crouching on the floor between rows of seats as a child wails in the background.
Tellez was flying home with his wife and their three children, aged seven, four and one, after spending Christmas with family.
“As we were accelerating for take-off, we heard gunshots very close to the plane, and that’s when we all threw ourselves to the floor,” Tellez said.
On Friday, Mexican authorities revealed that at least 29 people were killed during the operation to arrest Guzmán-López with at least 35 military personnel injured and 21 gunmen were arrested.
War has broken out between Mexican Defense Forces and the Sinaloa Cartel in Culiacan in response to the arrest of El Chapo’s son.
More footage will be added in the thread below as it emerges. pic.twitter.com/d18O2Tbevu
— Libertarian Party Mises Caucus (@LPMisesCaucus) January 5, 2023
At press conference on Friday, Mexico’s Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval shared, “These criminal organizations shot, with weapons, at aircraft on the Mexican Air Force, at commercial airlines and at the International Culiacán Airport facilities. Nevertheless, they did not achieve their goal of rescuing the alleged offender because we neutralized him. “