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Air Services Limited’s plane goes missing over Guyana’s interior

Aviation personnel were Sunday afternoon searching for a Britten Norman Islander airplane after they lost communication with the pilot about 1 PM (Guyana Time), officials said.

Aboard were the plane, bearing registration number 8R-GHE, were Captain Nickey Persaud and cargo loader, David Bisnauth.

The plane was shuttling from the gold mining area of Mahdia to Karisparu when communication with the pilot was lost when he was flying in the vicinity of Mahdia, Region 8.

Air Services Limited (ASL) Executive, Annette Arjoon-Martins said that the weather was good at the time contact was lost , based on accounts from other pilots in the area at the time.

She said that there was  no immediate confirmation of an accident, but four planes and one helicopter have been deployed to search the area before nightfall. She added that a contingent of Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Special Forces was due to be flown to the area should their services be required.