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Wreck Diving Could Bring New Life to Sunken Airplanes in Los Cabos


Los Cabos has always been a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Beyond its picturesque landscapes and marine wonders, the region has something for avid divers and history buffs – wreck diving. Recently, the state governor, Víctor Castro Cosío, announced a plan to transform abandoned aircrafts from the defunct Aerocalifornia into artificial reefs. These «chatarra» or junked airplanes that currently clutter the airport could soon find a new purpose. Adding to the vibrant marine ecosystem and providing a unique experience for divers.

Wreck Diving Could be the Perfect Solution for this Problem

The vision to repurpose the abandoned aircraft came from an entrepreneur from Sinaloa who aims to contribute to the environment and local tourism. Governor Castro Cosío expressed enthusiasm for the idea, highlighting the potential benefits of turning these retired airplanes into artificial reefs. With careful adherence to environmental protocols, the airplanes would be cleaned and prepared before being submerged at various locations off the coast of Baja California Sur, serving as artificial reefs.

In May, if all goes as planned, the first batch of transformed aircraft may find their resting places beneath the Pacific waters. This initiative not only addresses the issue of the clutter caused by the abandoned airplanes but also presents a significant opportunity to breathe new life into the marine ecosystem.

Aerocalifornia was a Mexican airline with its base in La Paz. It operated from 1960 until its closure in 2008 by the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. This gives these aircrafts a significant historical connection to the region.

It’s essential to note that the metals used in aircraft construction cannot be easily repurposed for other uses as confirmed by Alexandro Argudín, the former Director General of the Mexico City International Airport. The fuselage’s alloy is not practical for recycling or other applications.

Wreck diving is a niche yet thrilling activity that attracts divers from around the world. These sunken structures, now serving as artificial reefs, join projects like the Fang Min Shipwreck. Offering a glimpse into the past while witnessing the marine life as it makes these airplanes their new habitat. Revitalizing the region’s marine biodiversity while adding a touch of historical significance to the underwater world.

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