Suspected Smuggler Crashes Plane Loaded With Illegals in Texas

Pilot was flying five illegals in 4-seat aircraft

Image Credits: Presidio County Sheriff.

A plane carrying illegal aliens crashed last week in Presidio County, Texas, authorities say.

The failed smuggling attempt unfolded just before 4 p.m. on December 30 near the Texas-Mexico border.

Officers and medical crews rushed to the scene of a wreck near the Presidio International Airport when a small craft went down in the desert shortly after takeoff.

“Deputies arrived on scene and assisted the injured passengers where they discovered that the crash was a smuggling attempt gone wrong,” the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) explained in a statement.

“The pilot attempted to smuggle several undocumented individuals from Presidio by air.”

Investigators say “excess weight of the passengers (6 passengers in a 4 seat aircraft) and low fuel” were major factors in the crash.

“Some of the undocumented individuals were transported to hospitals in El Paso and others were detained by U.S. Border Patrol. The pilot absconded and is wanted for questioning,” PCSO said.

A warrant has been issued for the pilot, identified as Tobias Penner Peters, who is wanted for felony human smuggling, evading arrest, and deadly conduct.



“Peters is believed to have severe head trauma and possibly lost an eye during the event,” PCSO says.

Peters reportedly resides in Texas but is known to travel across the border to Mexico.

PCSO is asking anyone with pertinent information to contact them.


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