Venezuela says fighter jet crashes after entry of ''illicit'' plane

 A Venezuelan fighter jet crashed near the Colombian border, killing both pilots aboard, after an "illicit aircraft" likely linked to drug trafficking entered its airspace, the government said on Friday.

Reuters| Last Updated: Sep 19, 2015, 06:55 AM IST

Caracas: A Venezuelan fighter jet crashed near the Colombian border, killing both pilots aboard, after an "illicit aircraft" likely linked to drug trafficking entered its airspace, the government said on Friday.

"An illicit aircraft entered via the northwestern region on its course to the south towards the border with Colombia, an area where mafias linked to narcotrafficking want to use our territory as a distribution platform for drugs produced in the neighbouring country," Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a statement.