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Granger concerned hinterland residents not seeing illegal planes; police seek international help

The Beechcraft Kingair aircraft that was found on an illegal airstrip on August, 2017.

Even as President David Granger on Monday expressed surprise that no one in the hinterland has been seeing the landing and taking off of illegal aircraft on unauthorised airstrips, police said they have sought international help as part of their wide-ranging probe.

Head of the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum said local law enforcement agents have asked the International Police Organisation (InterPol) for help about the Brazilian-registered Beechcraft Kingair plane that was found in North Rupununi on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

“We have already involved Interpol (International Police Organisation),” he said while declining to divulge details of the probe. He said particulars of an identification card and passport found aboard the plane have been passed on to international partners.

A team of CID detectives are due to fly into the North Rupununi region to intensify their probe about the aircraft, bearing authenticated registration markings- PR-IMG- on a recently leveled illegal airstrip.

A cursory search of the plane, now located at the Eugene F. Correia ‘Ogle’ Airport has not uncovered any drugs or firearms.

The Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Retired Colonel Egbert Field has said that no one has come forward to claim the twin-engine plane. The aircraft, which is formally registered to Banco Bradesco through a financing deal, was sold by Riwa SA to Sinalizacao Ltda ME in April, 2017 for US$850,000 cash.

In September 2015, an illegal Cessna plane was found sheltered in thick vegetation at Yupukari, Rupununi. Investigators later learnt that the plane bore false United States registration markings and had in fact originated from Colombia.

Earlier Monday, President Granger, in addressing the opening of the 2017 National Toshaos Council Conference, called on village leaders to work together to combat the threat of transnational criminal syndicates. “We cannot have a situation in any region where foreign aircraft land and deposit contraband substances and no one saw, no one heard, no one knows what occurred…We have to take responsibility for our security because these transnational cartels do not wish us any good,” he said.

Granger said those criminals would destroy households, families and communities and erode good governance that government and the NTC were trying to forge. He warned “these criminal cartels will bring violence and death.”

The President also expressed concern about alcoholism and teenage pregnancy as well as the high level of suicide in an unnamed hinterland community. He promised that government would work with the NTC through the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs to support improvement and equality of lives.

  • Col123

    It is not the job of our people to check which plane is illegal or not!… Were these folk trained in detecting illegal planes?… What does the silhouette of an illegal plane look like… How do you figure out friend or foe?…What should they do if they suspect an illegal plane overhead? Did the government supply the hinterland residents with communication equipment???

    • Gretch

      Those are questions that you should ask of your dummy president.

      • Col123

        You know to how to punch Gretch… that is good….. I tried to duck.. but in th corner of my eye, I see the other dummy trump!… both without morals or brains..

        • brain dead idiot

          com on col presi bashing he lil old and he does forget things but to make a comparision with who man no way .me nah like dat at all.

    • Parbudin Mackanlall

      If an illegal plane lands repeatedly or lands and takes forever to leave you do not need to be Albert Einstein to figure out that its business is illegitimate. Non-Guyanese should be easily recognizable. Suspicious movements should not be too difficult to recognize. Guyanese residents have a duty to the country whether or not they have grievances. When a murder or robbery takes place they know who to report to. How about giving the same people a try when strange aircraft are observed.

      • Col123

        PM..It takes an amount of skill sets to figure if a plane is illegal, whether there is illegitimate business being conducted, and determination if any suspicious activity, from what ever distance or vantage points these poor folks may be located..they are not detectives or sentry.. and you have to be a damn fool to conduct illegitimate business for any one to witness….and how do you figure out those Non Guyanese folks when there are all different groups mixing?..
        Sure we have a civil responsibility to report illegal activities…how do you expect them to report such event…take a boat and paddle up the creek couple miles to the police station?..or take a stroll in the jungle to report it?
        I will tell you something Einstein, when you are struggling to meet those first two levels of hierarchical needs, NOTHING else matters…except food, health, shelter and safety..