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High-tech Canadian plane involved in search for missing aircraft in Guyana’s jungle

A Canadian geophysical survey plane fitted with a Passive Radiation Detector that has joined the search for a small plane that went missing over Guyana’s jungle one week ago.

A mission that is searching for a plane that went missing one week ago, on Sunday began using high-tech equipment to detect the location of the aircraft in very thick jungle over where it was last spotted, according to well-placed sources.

The Britten Norman Islander plane , bearing registration number 8R-GHE, cannot be located real-time by the Passive Radiation Detector that has been fitted to a Twin Otter plane that has been contracted by oil exploration company, CGX Energy.  The detector has been adjusted to locate aluminium during the search, according to the sources.

Sources said that the data collected have to be analysed so that potential location sites could be identified with precise coordinates. If required, Special Forces of the Guyana Defence Force would be inserted into that area to ascertain whether the plane is there.

Aboard the Islander when communication was lost shortly before midday on December 28 were Captain Nickey Persaud,27, and Cargo Loader, 51-year old David Bisnauth.

Owned by Air Services Limited, the plane was at the time shuttling construction materials-mainly zinc sheets- from Mahdia to Karisparu in Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni).