According to authorities, the attempted theft of more than $32 million in cash from a plane departing from Miami resulted in the deaths of a security guard and a suspected thief in a gunfight at Chile’s capital airport on Wednesday.
Latam Airlines’ aircraft was carrying $32.5 million in cash that was being transferred to an armored truck when about 10 heavily armed bandits managed to get past security checks and reach the runway, according to Interior Subsecretary Manuel Monsalve.
A Directorate General of Civil Aviation employee, or DGAC, and a suspected attacker were slain in a gunfight between the would-be thieves and security personnel.
Authorities claim that an attempt to steal over $32 million in cash on a jet leaving Miami led to a shooting that left a security guard and a suspected burglar dead at Chile’s capital airport on Wednesday.
According to Interior Subsecretary Manuel Monsalve, roughly 10 highly armed bandits managed to sneak past security checks and reach the runway while attempting to board a Latam Airlines flight carrying $32.5 million in cash being transferred to an armored truck.
One Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) employee and a possible assailant were killed in a confrontation between the would-be robbers and security personnel.
The attempted heist “forces us to examine many things” and “will surely drive us to change processes, protocols that must be improved,” Jorquera added.
The airport in the nation’s capital had already been targeted. In 2020, robbers stole around $15 million from a warehouse in the airport six years after a similar $10 million crime.
In a speech on Wednesday, President Gabriel Boric alluded to the heist by saying that “when there’s insecurity, everything else wobbles.”
According to recent polls, a rise in violent crime has contributed to a drop in Boric’s popularity.