The US is not only a shipping hub, but a transit hub as well.
A 2014 report from the National Security Archive put the number of US-bound cargo planes arriving in Latin America at more than 40,000.
That number is dwarfed by the hundreds of thousands of cargo planes that have landed in the US, and the thousands of aircraft that have been grounded.
US Customs and Border Protection has a total fleet of about 1.5 million aircraft, and it has been reported that the US has more than 30,000 of those aircraft.
While the number varies from country to country, the vast majority of the aircraft flown to and from Latin America by the US are Boeing 747-400 jets.
According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the US aircraft fleet accounts for about 20 percent of the total number of foreign aircraft in the region.
The United States also has a significant presence in Latin American air transport.
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has long been a US ally, even providing military assistance to the Colombian government.
But as US foreign policy has shifted to confront China and Russia, US aircraft have increasingly been a target.
According the Center’s 2017 Air Transportation Transparency report, the FAA has suspended at least 14,000 flights in Latin and Caribbean countries since 2000, including about 11,000 since 2014.
The FAA also suspended the flights of at least 1,500 US commercial aircraft from 2019 to 2020.
According a 2014 study from the RAND Corporation, US commercial airlines have had a much lower crash rate in Latin Atlantic countries than in the Middle East.
And as the US economy continues to expand, more of its planes will be destined for Latin America.
According its 2016 Global Aviation Report, Latin America has been a major focus for the US military.
According for its annual Global Aviation Index, Latin American countries accounted for 36 percent of all US military aircraft deployed in Latin Americas, and over half of the US Army’s aircraft fleet in Latin markets.
In 2017, the Pentagon transferred the largest US Air Force fleet in the Americas to South Korea.
The transfer comes after South Korea agreed to a $1.2 billion contract to supply the US with F-35 fighter jets and other military equipment.
In December, the United States announced that it had purchased an additional $3.5 billion worth of arms and ammunition to support South Korean and Brazilian military efforts against the Islamic State.
In 2016, the Trump administration announced a $100 million contract to equip the Brazilian military with a new F-16 jet fighter.
A few weeks later, it was announced that the Defense Logistics Agency, or DOD, had awarded $1 billion to South Korean manufacturer Lockheed Martin for “advanced weapons systems” and “technology to enhance defense capabilities.”
As the US arms and munitions sales grow, the number and volume of US military planes is likely to continue growing.
In 2018, the Air Force announced that there were over 11,700 US military-operated aircraft in Latin airspace.
As more US military jets enter Latin America, the likelihood of a crash will continue to grow.