U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security plane at Ohio University’s airport

International Plane Detained At OU Airport

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UPDATE 3/30/17 1 p.m.

OUPD spokesperson Lt. Tim Ryan said the amount of suspected cocaine found aboard the plane was slightly more than 200 lbs.

UPDATE: 11:15 p.m.

The international aircraft tracked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and forced to land at Ohio University’s airport is suspected of carrying cocaine, according to a statement by the Ohio University Police Department.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office and OUPD were informed of the ‘unauthorized landing’ at approximately 2:30p.m. Wednesday. According to the statement, the only two people on the plane were detained until agents from Customs and Border Protection arrived.

Authorities say they found a “significant quantity of suspected cocaine” after searching the plane.

OUPD says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in control of the investigation but will continue to work with local authorities, as needed.


Homeland Security is investigating an unauthorized landing Wednesday afternoon at the Ohio University Gordon K. Bush Airport.

Homeland Security notified Ohio University police department an international plane was landing “without proper authorization” around 2:30p.m., according to a statement by OUPD.

Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene at the request of Customs and Borders Protection to detain the plane and occupants until federal agents arrived.

This is a developing story. For updates, follow on Twitter @woubnews and