Venezuelan passenger plane released

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The private plane which was detained at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIIA) has been released.

About two weeks ago, the aircraft, which transported several Venezuelan attorneys to Guyana, was detained by law enforcement officers for landing here under questionable circumstances.

But the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in a statement today said an investigation into the matter has been completed and as legally advised, there was no reason to further detain the aircraft.

“Hence it was released,” the police said.

The investigation was done by a unit, comprising of senior ranks of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Guyana Defence Force, Civil Aviation Authority, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and CJIA.

Local businessman Michael Brassington, as well as the pilots and a senior official of the Venezuelan Embassy, also formed part of the team. Police say the individuals “cooperated fully as was necessary.”

It was reported that Brassington had invited the delegation to Guyana.

Police revealed that the Data Plate was located by the Investigative/Inspecting Team on the very aircraft, and the Log Book was also located which indicated that the aircraft had been in use since 2014.

All outstanding documents which were required were submitted to the GCAA.

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