Guyana: Suspicious plane grounded at CJIA

Venezuelans, local businessman fingered

SEVERAL persons are in police custody helping with investigations into the landing of a private chartered aircraft with a suspicious-looking registration number at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Monday afternoon.

The Beechcraft 200 aircraft, which landed around 15:20hrs Monday, is reportedly linked to a local businessman who runs an airline service.

According to reports, the flight originated in Barcelona, in northern Venezuela, and that
on Tuesday morning, four passengers on the aircraft presented themselves at CID Headquarters of their own accord.

They were followed shortly thereafter by the arrival of the aircraft’s two pilots accompanied by ranks from the Customs Anti-Nacotics Unit (CANU).

According to the police, all six men, two of whom are lawyers, are Venezuelans.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the police said that in keeping with enhanced security postures and intensified collaboration with management of the various units and agencies operating at the airport, CANU ranks were alerted to the arrival of the aircraft and on conducting a preliminary inspection of it discovered certain irregularities which were promptly reported to the higher authorities.

They said that further investigations would later reveal that all six Venezuelans were invited here by one Mr. Michael Brassington, who was at the airport to receive them, and that the “Handling Permission Form” had Roraima Airways Inc. Listed as the aircraft’s handling agent.

Yet further enquiries would reveal that the YV2593 registration number on the aircraft might very well be false, as another aircraft reportedly belonging to the Venezuelan military has that identical number, as confirmed by the “Data Plate” which contains some very vital information.



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