May 17, 2013 – Gold shipment valued at $625,000 disappeared from an American Airlines flight after arriving in Miami. Authorities suspect it was a heist, reported Fox News.
Landing atMiami International Airport, the flight originated from Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the gold was stored aboard the flight in a box loaded into the plane’s cargo hold, according to the police report filed.
Crew members unloaded the plane’s cargo, but after being places on to a motorized luggage cart, the gold-laden box disappeared.
It wasn’t clear who owned the gold, or what its final destination may have been. American Airlines declined to comment on the incident and told Reuters that the case was being investigated by the FBI.
"The FBI is aware of the situation," FBI spokesman Michael Leverock told Reuters in an email when questioned about the missing gold.
Gold produced in South America is often transported through Miami and exported to other countries, primarily Switzerland, to be refined. Miami has become a major trans-shipment point for large quantities of unwrought gold and gold bullion.
As gold’s price has risen in recent years, trans-shipment of the precious metal through Miami has increases sharply. This has made gold Miami’s top import. It was valued at almost $8 billion in 2012. Most of it came from Mexico and Colombia, and almost all was in transit to Switzerland, according to World City, a Miami-based publication that tracks trade data.