Intercepted by the Mexican air force on Sept. 24, a Gulfstream II aircraft registered N987SA ran out of fuel and crashed in a remote area of Yucatan. In the wreckage of the aircraft, the Mexican military found 3.6 tons of cocaine that probably belonged to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the most renowned drugs trafficker in Mexico who is regarded in some of the country's poorest regions as a modern-day Robin Hood.
When it went down, the aircraft belonged to an American pilot based in Florida, Clyde O'Connor. He had bought it the previous week from a company specializing in the purchase and sale of second-hand aircraft, Donna Blue Aircraft. The company had itself acquired the Gulfstream II at the end of August from Air Rutter International, which leased the plane between 2001 and August, 2007. Air Rutter is controlled by two New York businessmen, William Achenbaum and Arik Kislin, who also manage the highly fashionable Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking district of New York. Kislin has interests in a series of companies active in air transportation, notably SA Holdings, Bon Voyage and C/K Air. Kislin is associated in C/K Air with Rina Chernaya, daughter of the former Russian aluminium king Mikhail Chernoy (who recently took the name of Michael Cherney). The Kislin and Cherney families have long-standing ties: Seymon Kislin, the uncle of Arik, employed Cherney for years as manager of his firm Trans Commodities, Inc. A house belonging to Cherney at Boca Raton in Florida is partly owned by Hudson International, a firm chaired by Arik Kislin. Even though the American authorities have refused Cherney a visa since 1999 because of his suspected links with organized crime, he has sponsored a conference devoted to intelligence, The Intelligence Summit chaired by John Loftus, for the past two years. When Air Rutter leased the Gulfstream II it carried out several flights between the United States and the American base at Guantanamo Bay. Although Air Rutter states it has never worked for the American government, private aircraft are often used by the U.S. to carry suspected terrorists to Guantanamo for interrogation.