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Brazilian aircraft found in Guyana possibly owned by Brazil’s third largest bank

The Brazilian-registered Beechcraft Kingair plane found in southern Guyana is bearing the registration number of a plane belonging to Brazil’s third largest bank, Banco Bradesco, sources said.

Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Retired Col. Egbert Field said he has received such information and would be factoring that into efforts to ascertain the origin of the plane. “I heard that. I have my time working on it. I heard this from another source. We are checking that also,”he told Demerara Waves Online News.

The King Air B300 (350), according to information seen by Demerara Waves Online News, was delivered to Banco Bradesco on November 9, 2010.

The aircraft was spotted by Guyanese police on Sunday at an illegal airstrip at Santa Fe, North Rupununi. Three men exited the plane on landing and escaped.

Field said confirmed that the plane is bearing registration number, PR-IMG, but he hastened to point out that the authentic registration number may have been painted over.

The Guyanese Civil Aviation Chief said Brazilian authorities would be contacted to ascertain if that plane is in its registry. If not, he said the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be provided the serial number with a view to tracing the ownership of the plane. “Now that we have a registration of the aircraft, we can contact the Brazilian authorities to check who is the owner and also if it’s a legitimate registration and we start from there,” he said.

“The manufacturer has a serial number and we’ll be able to use that number to maybe track. It takes a little longer time because they have to go through a few paces but that is how we will know exactly who the aircraft belongs to,” Field said.

He said it was possible that the Beechcraft could be a stolen plane bearing a legitimate registration number of another plane.

Field said plane was damaged slightly and repairs would be conducted before it is flown to the city. “There is slight damage to one of the propellers but they the engineers are in contact with Georgetown to ensure that it doesn’t affect the safety of the aircraft because they want to fly out,” the GCAA boss said.

  • Winslow Padmore

    Mmmmmm..for starters why did the occupants of the aircraft scamper off..and where are they..are they being harbored by our local residents..As to whether the plane was in Guyana territory as part of illegal activities,which an investigation will revealed…why was this illegal airstrip not known to our security forces in the area..which means that our local residents were aiding and abating some sort of illegal activity with foreigners..are we experiencing the events of 1969 ..similar to that involving the Melville family again….Our security forces should now add high tech in an aid to properly protect Guyana and it’s borders ..I observed that the Iworama Rain Forest Center and Amerindians are using Drones to oversee their crops and movement of human in the areas..why can’t our security forces do the same with drones..We have several high ranking military personnel in our current Government..it’s time they put their knowledge to work in protecting our country ..Guyana..

    • Col123

      WP… a good question to ask is … what in the world this government is doing with the 300B$ the PPP is not stealing every year? Why can’t they use some of that money to secure the borders?

  • Gtloyal

    The investigators should not only concentrate on smuggling. As blogger Padmore states, there could be another more sinister reason for that plane being there. It is not easy for strange people to go unnoticed building such an airstrip or hiding now so there has to be some kind of collaboration between the locals and those carrying out this illegal operation.