3 detained after suspected Brazilian aircraft found in Guyana

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Police ranks of Issano, Region Seven at around 22:20hrs on Sunday went to the 9 Miles Airstrip in Middle Mazaruni where they discovered a red and white 206 Cessna.

It is suspected that the aircraft is Brazilian. At the site, there were three foreign nationals: a 38-year-old pilot from Boa Vista, a 29-year-old pilot from Venezuela, and a 35-year-old internet technician from Brazil.

They were questioned by ranks using Google Translator.

Information received indicated that they were heading to Suriname with another aircraft when the said aircraft developed mechanical problems. As a result of the observation, the pilot crashed landed the aircraft at 9 Miles which caused one of the occupants to sustain a fractured right arm and minor bruises about his face. Further information received, suggested that the other aircraft crashed, but it has not been located.

The aircraft was examined but there was no visible damage seen on it; searches were also conducted on the aircraft in the presence of the three persons onboard and on their person also but nothing illegal was found.

Further searches were conducted in the vicinity where the aircraft was found but nothing illegal was found either. The three men were arrested and taken into custody along with their personal belongings namely: cellphone; satellite phone; identification; and other items.

The aircraft remains on the ground under police security.

Investigations are continuing.