A flight by an ultralight aircraft from Mexico, that violated Federal Aviation Administration regulations, crashed on U.S. soil.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents monitored an inbound flight from Mexico by an ultralight aircraft on Wednesday night, according to a statement released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Border Patrol agents that were watching the area spotted the aircraft crossing into U.S. airspace at approximately 10:30 p.m. Officials say that the aircraft was operating without any lights and was in violation of FAA regulations for flying at night.
Border Patrol agents seized the aircraft after it was found near Salton City, California, on Thursday morning at approximately 8:20 a.m., but were unable to locate any contraband.
Ultralight aircraft are considered recreational aircraft that can be dangerous to operate and are under strict regulations from the FAA. In the statement, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said that people are urged to call 911 if they spot these aircraft at night.
The DEA acknowledges that ultralight aircraft and drones are becoming increasingly popular with Mexican drug cartels which use them to smuggle narcotics across the border, Breitbart Texas previously reported.
Ryan Saavedra is a contributor for Breitbart Texas and can be found on Twitter at @RealSaavedra.