Brazilian police car rams smuggler's airplane

According to its title, this video shows a Brazilian police car ramming the wing of a smuggler's small twin prop airplane. A commenter named pvbernhard translated the dialogue:

0:13 - I'm going to hit the wing - I'm going to hit the wing. Do not shoot.
0:23 - Drop one there. [one police officer get out of the car] I will get the others.
0:27 - Police! Get out! Get out!

Policia Federal Bate com Carro na Asa Do Avião Pata Impedir Fuga De Suspeitos 01 11 2011 YouTube


  1. sweet, dude!  i’m for drug decriminalization, but i gotta admit, that cop sure is good at his job.  i’ll bet after work he drank a pint of whiskey and wrassled gators to unwind.

  2. I think the real issue here is that once you get to the point in events where you’re ramming your car into a planes wing, the phrase ‘Do not Shoot’ should no longer be part of you vocabulary.  You passed that point a couple of miles back.

    1. Well, I don’t know how combustible plane fuel is, but usually it’s kept in the wing. Probably not a good idea for your partner to start shooting as you violently bust open a fuel tank.

  3. Ballsy. Maybe not as ballsy as the guy who jumped out of the car without any cover and approached the plane, but still pretty badass.

  4. how desperate is that? but desperate for what exactly? to stop the smugglers potentially at the cost of his own life? I could see it if there were slaves on that plane…but for drugs?
    No, that guy is either an idiot or has something he thinks of as worse than injury or death
    hanging over him.
    Probably both.

        1. Hah – I could tell you that I started the sentence with ‘I think that he’, and when shortening it wasn’t paying enough attention; but I wouldn’t respect you if you believed me.

    1. I would not say desperate. The police had been investigating this for about one month. in the mean time they talked with many pilots to learn what was the best way to prevent a plane to take off. Every pilot said “Hit the tip of the wing”

      The airplane and the car was going in the same direction so the crash, was about the same as low speed crash. 

  5. And I thought he was going to jump onto the tail as the plane took off, climb through the cabin and get into a fist fight with the pilot.

    Well that’s what Hollywood would do isn’t it?

    1. Stolen electronics, eh? Most probably hard-drives considering what’s going on with Thailand… This war on drugs crap has gone soo old I’d love to see a show about electronics smuggling.
      (And my inner geek would flourish too)

      1. I don’t think they were  stolen. Most likely they were legally bought in Paraguay (where the plane was going to pick up the eltronics) and then smuggle into Brazil.

      2. That’s a thing.

        While it’s hardly drug smuggling levels of corpses and money, smuggling things like consumer electronics, tabacco and booze tends to be worth a lot of money and produce more dead people than you think.

        So think of that next time you buy a cheap hard drive. The blood of…I dunno…probably some Canadians or upstate New Yorkers will be on your hands. Maybe a guy in Hong Kong got his balls cut off over it.

  6. Bruce Willis taught me the best way to prevent a plane from taking off is to puncture a fuel tank and light the trail of fuel with a match.

    These guys are amateurs. 

  7. Just like thug cops, destroying property with out due process. Where was their warrant? Hope they didn’t kill anyone.

  8. Yes, It’s a Cherokee six (PA-32) and it feels very staged. On takeoff roll, that guy would be far enough down the strip to rotate into ground effect (pop up 8 feet of so for non aviators).

    His car closes awful fast on a plane accelerating towards launch, too.
    I don’t see the plumes of dust that a prop kicks up on a dirt strip, either.

    All I see is hooligans smashing a nice plane.

      1. Hmm. The prop is spinning so slowly they might be taxiing downwind for an upwind launch. Still, I learned to look around when on the ground…

        1. We don’t get to see what the plane is doing for very long. It might even be possible (if the police car was hidden near the airstrip) that they intercepted it near the end of a landing roll.

          Certainly a waste of a plane, but ramming the wing seems preferable to what the policeman riding shotgun was considering…

  9. I’ll guess the pilot didn’t know the car was there, since planes don’t have rearview mirrors and that plane didn’t seem to be under takeoff power (and little or no flaps). Risky due to the wing fuel tanks, though.

  10. Do you know where the gas tanks are on those planes? The wings. What these folks did was asking to be in the center of a fireball.

    Go after the tail. No gas there, and the plane still won’t fly.

  11. The plane’s flaps aren’t deployed (maybe to 10 degrees? but not 25 or 40, the other two settings), so it’s unlikely he was on a take-off run or had just landed.  Rather, I’d guess he was taxiing to the far end of the runway in order to take off the other way.   And, as noted, no rear view mirror.

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