Speaking during his weekly television and radio program, Chavez said the aircraft overflew a Venezuelan military base in the western state of Zulia after taking off from neighboring Colombia. He did not elaborate, but suggested the plane was being used for espionage.
"These are the Yankees. They are entering Venezuela," he said.
"I've ordered them to be shot down," Chavez said of the aircraft. "We cannot permit this."
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