Police investigating presence of private aircraft at CJIA

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Police are investigating the presence of a private chartered aircraft with a false registration number, which landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Monday afternoon.

The police said the aircraft landed at about 15:20h on Monday and the “Handling Permission Form” listed Roraima Airways Inc. as the handling agent for the aircraft.

News Room contacted Roraima Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Capt. Gerry Gouveia who noted that the aircraft owner applied to land in Guyana and went through the approval process with the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority. However, he said he has no information available since his company is just the ground handling agent at the CJIA.

Ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were alerted and conducted a preliminary inspection of the aircraft and discovered “certain irregularities,” the police said. A report was then made to higher headquarters.

Based on subsequent enquiries made to certain authorities, the police found that the pilots and passengers were invited to Guyana by Mr. Michael Brassington, who was at the airport to receive them.

Further enquiries revealed that the registration number on the aircraft may be a false one as another aircraft is reportedly carrying the same registration number. Further, the ‘Data Plate’, which contains vital information about the aircraft, is missing.

The aircraft has since been detained as the investigation continues.

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