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CoI into discovery of foreign aircraft given extension of time

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The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) established to investigate, examine, advise and report on the circumstances under which the foreign aircraft, which was discovered on September 13, 2016, entered into the country, will now submit its report on November 25, 2016.

According to the Ministry of the Presidency, a request for the extension was made by Head of the Commission, Brigadier (ret’d) Edward Collins, which was  then granted by President, David Granger.

The Report was due to be handed over to the state on November 16, 2016.

The plane, bearing registration number N767Z, was discovered at Yupukari, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo, Region Nine and was first brought to the attention of officials on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, by a resident of the area. The following day, Wednesday, September 14, a Joint Army and Police team, inclusive of CANU, was dispatched to the location to conduct investigations. One week later, the Government announced that a CoI would have been set up to probe the discovery of the aircraft in Guyana’s territory.

Concurrent to the CoI, a Joint Services team, headed by Superintendent Hugh Denheart of the Guyana Police Force, is conducting investigations and will pursue and probe the areas beyond the scope of the Terms of Reference of the Commission.

Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, who received the preliminary report last month, had noted that the administration is looking forward to the final document and its findings and recommendations.

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