Paramotors Over Afghanistan

by Nathan Hamm on 8/23/2005 · 3 comments

MosNews reports that Tajik border guards shot down a homemade aircraft piloted by someone trying to smuggle 18kg of heroin over the border from Afghanistan. The story describes the aircraft as a “parachute device attached to an engine.”

Homebrew paramotors? Drug smuggling aside, I applaud the ingenuity.

“Tajik border guards for the first time faced such an acute way of transfering drugs across the border,” Saidamir Zukhurov, the commander of Tajikistan’s border troops, said.

UPDATE: BBC says it was a hang glider.

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Jim Hoft August 23, 2005 at 10:18 pm

He must have crapped his pants when they started shooting at him! I heard he got away. How?

Nathan August 23, 2005 at 10:28 pm

I’d imagine they shot him down from a distance and he hightailed it out of there before they could get to him.

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