Intense ground search to commence today for missing ASL Aircraft


Search 2[] – Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s Director General, Zulficar Mohamed and members of the Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) travelled to the RCC’s sub-center in Mahdia on January 1, 2015 to assist in the Search and Rescue mission for the ASL’s aircraft which went missing on December 28, 2014.

The aerial Search and Rescue operations based at Mahdia continued yesterday; however due to inclement weather and overcast conditions, the operations started late.

Based on information received, the RCC identified further areas of interest in the Kurungiku Mountain, Black Water area and North Fork area. A party is currently on the ground conducting a search of the Black Water area after completing a similar exercise in the North Fork area.Search 3

In addition, a more intense ground search effort will commence today, Saturday, January 03. Other specialist teams have been mobilized and will be transported to Mahdia and other areas of interest. The teams are drawn from personnel of the Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and Air Services Ltd.

Captain Nicky Persaud.
Captain Nicky Persaud.

Further, more than 150 square miles were covered in the Search and Rescue effort; and in excess of 60 hours of flight time were logged in the Search and Rescue mission for ASL’s Britten Norman Islander aircraft, bearing registration 8R-GE.

On board the aircraft is the Pilot, 27 – year – old Nicky Persaud and Cargo Loader, 51 – year – old David Bisnauth.


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