Aircraft found at Yupukari Airstrip bears bogus Registration number
An illegal aircraft discovered at Yupukari, in Region Nine, bears a bogus United States (US) registration; N767Z.
This was disclosed by Minister of State and Secretary to Cabinet, Joseph Harmon during a Press Conference on Thursday.
“That registration number is a United States registration, however, subsequent investigation by the team from the GDF, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), CANU and the GPF, it was discovered that the registration is a bogus registration because there is another aircraft flying in the United States up to yesterday (Wednesday, September 14, 2016) with the same registration” Harmon told media operatives.
Harmon said the officers are “checking the aircraft to determine whether, in fact, it had a cargo, whether the cargo has been disposed of or what.” The aircraft was also found in an area that is under constant surveillance for illicit drug trade, he said.
The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said on Tuesday, September 13, they received information of the aircraft at the Yupukari Airstrip.
The following day, Wednesday, September 14, a Joint Army and Police Patrol was conducted to the area and a twin-engine Cessna Aircraft was discovered at approximately 09:50 hours.
The Cabinet Secretary said the aircraft “was off of the airstrip itself and there seemed to have been some kind of a camouflage kind of net that was thrown over it and it was partly in the bushes so we get the sense that it would have been there a few days,” however not very long since joint services are usually in the area patrolling.