A US Navy drug-patrol plane violated Venuzuelan airspace Saturday night, exacerbating the already-tense relationship between the two nations. The S-3 Viking, used to spot and attack drug-running ships, flew over the line near the island of Curacao, reports CNN. The pilot realized he made a navigational error, contacted a Venezuela tower to acknowledge that, and returned to international air space—but the Venezuelans are furious and insist the fly-over was intentional.
"We believe this was a conscious action on the part of the United States Navy, that it's another link in the chain of provocations," Venezuela's defense minister said yesterday. "It's probable, too, that they are testing us, but we should make it clear that we do have the equipment to confront them and to cover all of our airspace."