Aeromexico flight AM165 from Culiacán to Mexico City was cancelled after being shot at while taxiing out for departure. The Embraer E-190 (registration XA-ALW) had bullets penetrating the cabin, as passengers ducked.
El Chapo, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, has been imprisoned in the United States since 2019. His son, Ovidio Guzmán, was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, early on Thursday. The cartel sought to break him out of custody before he could be removed from the province. There were both cartel operations, and revenge-style lashing out, while citizens are being advised to remain indoors at home.
There was fighting between Mexican officials and the cartel at the airport.
Culiacán International Airport is under attack by the Sinaloa cartel after the arrest of El Chapo’s son Ovidio.
The Mexican Army is trying to bring in equipment through the airport
The cartel is mobilizing. Clashes breaking out across Culiacán pic.twitter.com/cAsJDFNGyM
— The HbK (@The5HbK) January 5, 2023
Meanwhile, here’s the scene from on board the aircraft.
DISPARAN CONTRA AVIÓN DE AEROMÉXICO EN AEROPUERTO DE CULIACÁN // #Sinaloa #viral #nacional #noticias pic.twitter.com/3TaCP7vsMl
— El Dato Noticias Morelos (@eldatomx) January 5, 2023
Throughout Sinaloa the cartel is showing force.
This is what Culiacán Sinaloa looks like after #elchapo son was captured at dusk. pic.twitter.com/8qpzc0l3OQ
— Luciano Lucas (@tharealluciano) January 5, 2023
Convoys of Sinaloa cartel members setting up roadblocks along Sinaloa highways after the military captured Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the Sinaloa cartel and the son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.#culiacan #sinaloa #mexico #cartels pic.twitter.com/kxk78xGcmO
— J.A. Flores (My War Against 👹) (@CMF_GlobalRisk) January 5, 2023
The Aeromexico flight was cancelled. Passengers and crew are all reported as safe, though no doubt under the circumstances they might have preferred to get themselves to Mexico City.
Commercial flights have certainly been shot at before, though fortunately it’s rare. It was only just in November, though, when bullets pierced the cabin of a Middle East Airlines plane as it landed in Beirut. And organized crime bringing bullets into airports isn’t new. In the Philippines we’ve seen security workers plant bullets in passenger belongings, ‘discover’ the bullets, and then extort the passengers.
If you wonder how the Mexican cartel can be so brazen, remember that the U.S. Border Patrol actually provided armed security for a drug cartel wedding. Their tentacles run deep, especially on their home turf.