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Investigations into Venezuelan AirCraft Intercepted at CJIA Completed

An investigation which was launched into the aircraft which landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport allegedly under questionable circumstances has been completed.

The police noted that an Investigative Unit comprised of a Senior Officer and Ranks of the Criminal Investigations Department, Eve-Leary, a Senior Officer of the Guyana Defence Force, Senior Officials of the  Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Management and Security Officials, a Senior Representative of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) as well as that Mr. Michael Brassington, the Pilots and a Senior Official of the Venezuelan Embassy on behalf of the Foreign Nationals detained.

The Data Plate was subsequently located by the Investigative/Inspecting Team on the very aircraft, and the Log Book was also located which indicated that the aircraft had been in use since 2014.

All outstanding documents which were required submitted to the GCAA and thereafter the Investigators were submitted and scrutinized to the satisfaction of there being authentic, as substantiated and confirmed by the GCAA, the Central Authority.

Consequently, as advised, there was no reason to further detain the aircraft, hence it was released.

The privately chartered aircraft landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport about 15:20hrs on July 10, 2018. Ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit were alerted and conducted a preliminary inspection of the aircraft and discovered certain irregularities.

It was revealed that the pilots and passengers were invited to Guyana by Mr. Michael Brassington who was at the airport to receive them and the “Handling Permission Form “listed Roraima Airways Inc. as the handling agent for the aircraft.

Further inquiries at the time revealed that the registration number on the aircraft may be a false one as another aircraft is reportedly carrying the same registration number and further that the “Data Plate “which contains vital information about the aircraft, is missing.

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