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Ecuador debates law that would allow shooting down narco-aircraft

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the Ecuadorian congress, a bill was presented that allows the Ecuadorian Air Force to intervene with force to any aircraft flying without authorization, flight plan, or contact in a hostile manner or illegally in Ecuador.

This new regulation would empower the military forces to shoot down drug-carrying planes, which frequently circulate in Ecuadorian airspace.

Currently, the legislation allows the shooting down of aircraft within the country's borders only in the event of a war or international crisis and in situations where there is a threat to the sovereignty of the State.

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