Police probe discovery of aircraft at illegal airstrip

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Police are investigating the discovery last evening of an aircraft in Region Nine by ranks of the joint services.

The aircraft was found in the vicinity of an illegal airstrip, which was discovered last week by ranks of the Guyana Defence Force.

Police in a press release said that “A foreign aircraft had been frequenting the Santa Fe Area, North Rupununi, Region 9. Yesterday afternoon, acting on further information received, a party of police under the command of a Senior Officer, proceeded to the area where checks of that area led to the discovery of over a dozen ten-gallon jars in the bushes.

The party also observed that a long strip of land had been cleared.

As the party was leaving, they observed an aircraft circling some distance away and on returning to the cleared area, they saw three men running from the aircraft which by then had landed. The aircraft was secured.”

Another party of policemen led by the Commander of ‘F’ Division Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram, departed Lethem about mid-night last night and arrived at the location about 02:00hrs, where on checking the aircraft, “a quantity of dry ration, medical supplies, gents clothing and footwear, two hand-held radios, flashlights, cellular phones and an identification card amongst other items were found in the aircraft”, police said.

The cleared area where the aircraft landed is over one mile long and about 50 feet wide. It appears to have been recently graded.

The Civil Aviation Authority has been notified and immediately arrangements are being operationalized for a multi-agency team to be flown to that area to conduct further investigations.

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