U.S. denies military plane entered Venezuelan airspace as claimed by President Hugo Chavez
A United States military plane did not enter Venezuelan airspace as alleged by President Hugo Chavez, U.S. officials said today.
An Air Force spokeswoman based in Miami denied Chavez’s claim that
Chavez had said a U.S. plane was met by Venezuelan military aircraft and escorted out of the country’s airspace, calling it a provocation by the U.S. government.
“No U.S. aircraft entered Venezuelan airspace,” said Air Force Tech Sgt. Shanda De Anda, according to the Associated Press.
-- Efrain Hernandez Jr.
Photo: On Jan. 8 in Caracas, President Hugo Chavez holds an image of a P-3 Orion aircraft of the kind that he alleged had entered into Venezuelan airspace. Credit: HO/AFP/Getty Images
[NOTE: This caption was revised to clarify that the photograph of Chavez was taken Jan. 8, not the photo that he is holding.]