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MISSION
Caida Libre
CaidaLibre-GTA5
Game: Grand Theft Auto V
For: Martin Madrazo
Location: La Fuente Blanca, Vinewood Hills
Target: Javier Madrazo
Conditions of mission failure: Wasted
Busted
Plane gets to the airport
Player loses the falling plane
Reward: A Fair Day's Pair Achievement
Protagonist(s): Michael De Santa
Trevor Philips
Unlocks: Deep Inside
Minor Turbulence
Unlocked by: Eye In The Sky
Mr. Richards
Martin: "Some people...they no longer fear me as much as they used to. People who were close to me. My cousin...Apparently, he is thinking about testifying against me."
Michael: "So have him killed."
Martin: "I'm going to...By you."
Martin Madrazo, instructing Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips.

Caida Libre is a mission in Grand Theft Auto V, given by Martin Madrazo to protagonists Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips.

Mission

Michael and Trevor are summoned to Madrazo's house in La Fuente Blanca, where Madrazo has a job for them. Madrazo's cousin Javier is going to testify against him; Madrazo wants Javier killed and sensitive documents retrieved. 

The player takes control of Michael. Michael drives to the Galileo Observatory where Madrazo has left a black Burrito with a heavy rifle mounted in the rear. Michael must use the rifle to shoot down the Air EMU Shamal carrying Javier into Los Santos International Airport. The high-powered rifle uses a unique display that places a red square before the jet, showing the location where Michael must shoot in order to compensate for the distance if he is to hit the engine. The Shamal first appears in the upper left-hand quadrant of the rifle's display (when using the gun, the radar is hidden so it is very difficult to see the plane at first), then crosses left to right towards the airport. Michael must shoot the jet three times before it lands.

Once the aircraft has been damaged, the player is switched to Trevor. Using a Sanchez, Trevor chases the descending and smoking jet from the Galileo Observatory through Great ChaparralHarmony and Sandy Shores. While the player has some freedom over what path to use, the pursuit does feature at least one jump that Trevor must successfully make in order to keep up with the plane. Once the aircraft crashes, Trevor must kill Javier and retrieve the sensitive documents contained onboard the Shamal.

After Trevor has obtained the documents, the player is switched once again to Michael. Michael takes the van from the area surrounding Galileo Observatory, then destroys the vehicle. Afterwards, Michael starts to return to La Fuente Blanca in order to meet up with Trevor and give the documents to Madrazo. However, Michael receives a phone call from Trevor revealing that he has other ideas. Trevor asks Michael to meet him instead at Stoner Sandworks, north of La Fuente Blanca along Senora Road. Trevor arrives soon after Michael. Trevor states that he went to discuss payment with Madrazo, which led to an argument. Trevor then opens the trunk of his vehicle to reveal he has kidnapped Madrazo's wife Patricia. With Patricia in tow, Michael and Trevor leave the sandworks and go into hiding.

The player is automatically switched to Franklin after this mission is completed.

Mission objectives

  • Go to the observatory. - (Michael)
  • Get in the van. - (Michael)
  • Shoot the plane's engine. - (Michael)
  • Follow the plane and get the package. - (Trevor)
  • Silence Javier. - (Trevor)
  • Go inside the plane. - (Trevor)
  • Leave the area. - (Michael)
  • Destroy the van. - (Michael)
  • Go to Martin's house. - (Michael)
  • Meet Trevor at the cement works. - (Michael)

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Floor It - Reach top speed on the Sanchez.
  • Glued to the Seat - Don't fall off the Sanchez during the chase.
  • One Two Three - Shoot down the plane with 3 shots only.
  • Mission Time - Complete the mission in 9:45

Aftermath

Daily Rag Newspaper

"A private jet bound for Liberty City has crashed in the Senora Desert killing everybody on board, in what police are calling extremely suspicious circumstances. The plane was carrying Javier Madrazo, a key witness in a case against a Los Santos based drug cartel, whose cousin Martin Madrazo, is alleged to be an organized crime kingpin."

Bleeter Posts

  • @jillsthenewblack - "Plane crash in Senora Desert either engine malfunction or really lame suicide bomber. TOO SOON???? ;)"
  • @manolodeoro2 - "Anyone know the deal with Javier? The hijo de puta won't answer my calls or emails."

Consequences

  • Both Michael and Trevor are exiled from Los Santos, and their safehouses there will be unavailable for a duration, though they can still use their special vehicle garages if they're willing to risk attack to get to them.
    • Both Michael's mansion and Floyd's Apartment are locked and cannot be entered. Although Michael eventually gets his house back, the apartment is no longer as a safehouse for the rest of the game (see Hang Ten).
    • The exile also has ramifications for engaging in certain collection quests and side missions that involve reentering the city, in that some may need to be put off until later in the game if they're not completed before this mission.
  • Michael must use Trevor's trailer as a safehouse.  This creates a rare situation in the game where both playable main characters will be in the same vicinity while not on a mission, without the player having to orchestrate the circumstances.  Their interactions will be unfriendly and the AI-controlled character will soon leave the vicinity. If the AI-controlled character gets into a vehicle's driver seat, the player-controlled character can enter that vehicle's passenger seat before the AI drives off, then the player can instantly switch to the driver and go for a drive with both characters and watch the argument between them until the vehicle stops, and then the AI passenger will get out and run off.
    • Due to Trevor and Michael spawning so close to each other, the game's mechanism in which the computer-controlled character automatically asks the player-controlled character if they want to hang out is temporarily disabled. This goes for Franklin as well; if Franklin goes out to Sandy Shores and encounters Trevor or Michael, they'll exchange pleasantries, but the computer controlled character will indicate they're busy and leave the area. Similarly, the three protagonists can no longer phone each other and ask to hang out.
    • This also creates a unique situation in which Trevor or Michael are able to obtain each other's default vehicles. For this to happen, leave the character's default vehicle parked in front of the trailer and leave the vicinity and steal another vehicle. Return to the trailer where the default vehicle should still spawn. Park and exit the new vehicle and then switch to the other character. If the second character is in or near the trailer, he will interact with the other character as depicted above, only the other character will drive away in the vehicle he stole, rather than his default, but the default vehicle will still be parked and available for the other player to take it.
      • During the exile, both Michael and Trevor can access whatever vehicles are stored in the trailer's garage.
  • If Michael or Trevor attempts to enter the city, they will receive a warning call from Martin, then endless waves of Madrazo Cartel gang members will spawn and attempt to hunt them down until the protagonist retreats back to Blaine County. If Michael or Trevor gets killed in Los Santos, they will respawn in the hospital in Sandy Shores. At this point, Franklin is the only protagonist that can enter and leave Los Santos freely. Michael and Trevor can still enter the city safely by way of submersible (such as during the nuclear waste collection side-mission), but using a boat (as in the mission to collect submarine pieces) is risky as they may be shot at if they get too close to shore.
    • The game will display a warning message if Trevor or Michael get too close to the city in advance of Martin's phone call or his men spawning, allowing a safe retreat. This also applies on the water.
      • Pretty much the closest major location that Michael or Trevor can access without triggering the warning is Galileo Observatory, as one of Trevor's random locations (when being switched to) is near here.
  • The next mission, "Minor Turbulence", does not trigger immediately afterwards. Franklin may need to wander around L.S. for a bit before it appears. The mission "Deep Inside", however, is immediately available. Until "Minor Turbulence" is completed, however, the ability to switch characters is disabled.
  • It is the only time that a NPC-controlled Bus appears in Blaine County.

Deaths

  • Javier Madrazo - Killed by Trevor on orders from Martin Madrazo.
  • The pilot of the Shamal - Killed in the crash caused by Michael. 
  • Unknown Shamal passenger - Killed in the crash caused by Michael.

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Trivia

  • "Caida Libre" is Spanish for "free fall". This may also refer to the GTA San Andreas mission Freefall .
  • In the beta, Franklin was supposed to fill Trevor's role, confirmed by a screenshot. In the PS3 version (unknown whether this happens in other versions), when "Caida Libre" is unlocked, Franklin still receives a text from Michael instructing him to go to Madrazo's farm. However, no green mission icon appears and if Franklin goes there, he is turned away. Michael's text actually indicates that Trevor is also being brought in for the job, suggesting all three characters might have been involved at some point.
  • Originally, this mission was going to be called "Vinewood Babylon".
  • As the gun lacks any sort of radar, it can be very difficult to spot the plane and the red icon that must be shot at. A hint is to aim the camera to the left of the downtown skyscrapers and watch for a red dot to appear. Once the plane passes in front of the skyscrapers it is likely too late to bring it down before it gets too close to the airport.
  • One randomly generated comment Michael makes when he mans the gun is that the plane is coming from the southwest of downtown. This is actually an error as the plane first appears coming from either the south or southeast. This might cause the player to point the camera in the wrong direction.
  • When Michael shoots out the Shamal's engine, the pilot alerts the control tower that he believes the situation is caused by a bird-strike. This percieved emergency would have been similar to US Airways Flight 1549. In 2009, the flight struck Canadian Geese shortly after take-off from New York, causing engine failure and forcing the pilot to land the plane safely on the Hudson River.    
  • If you jump onto the truck bed before Trevor drives off, he will insult you non stop with his usual lines ("You hideous mistake" etc.).
  • Sometimes if you replay as Trevor, there's a chance that the Bodhi he uses will pass through another Bodhi.
  • If you drive past Trevor's trailer when he is on the bike, he will shout out to Ron, saying that he hopes he is working. Also, a Dump is seen in a unused road after this.
  • The weapon that Michael uses to take down the plane is similar to the weapon that Bruce Willis uses in the movie The Jackal.[1]
  • For some reason, Michael can only use his special ability before the first successful shot. After this, it will be unavailable, even if it was fully-charged previously.
  • When Trevor says Michael was scouting the house for a heist, it's a reference to a cut beta heist known as the Sharona job, where Michael and Trevor would dress as either clowns or mimes and steal Aztec artifacts from Madrazo's prized house and kidnap Patricia.

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