– Operator and crew reportedly flew out from Ogle around 4am this morning
– later intercepted and detained in Anguilla
A small aircraft operator who is based at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD) is now in hot water after he allegedly departed Guyana with two airplanes illegally.
INews understands that the aircraft operator along with his two aircraft (Cessna 206 make and model) with registrations 8RGMP and ARGTP left the country around 04:00hrs this morning destined for North America.
This move comes after an injunction was filed to prohibit him from leaving Guyana as well as having those airplanes flown out of the country.
According to a source at the airport, the man in question had previously damaged another airplane belonging to one of the other small aircraft operators at the said airport and the aggrieved party had sought the intervention of the Court in dealing with the matter.
However, the first Court hearing was scheduled for yesterday but the aircraft owner who is said to have badly damaged the other airplane failed to appear in Court.
It was only today that other aircraft operators at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport were made aware that he illegally departed the country and also failed to inform the Air Traffic Control Tower as well as the Airport Authorities that he was leaving Guyana.
“I know he has a place in North America and he is headed to north America… they (the aircraft operator and his crew on the planes) passed through Trinidad air space without notifying Trinidad…we can see him on the radar and it is picking up that he is around Grenada heading to North America…the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is contacting other authorities in islands on the issue, he just left illegally and one of those planes does not even have a present certificate of registration,” the source told Inews this morning.
However, INews was reliably informed a few minutes ago that the operator and crew, as well as the aircraft, were intercepted in Anguilla. INews will bring you more details as they become available.