The Guyana Defence Force has announced that the illegal aircraft that was recently discovered hidden by camouflage material and under trees at an airstrip in Yupukari, has been repaired and flown from Yupukari to Timehri.
The aircraft is the subject of a wide scale investigation by law enforcement agencies and a Commission of Inquiry has also been set up to look into its presence in Guyana.
It is suspected that the aircraft might have been used to ferry drugs and other illegal items into and out of Guyana. The registration number that it bears is said to be false since another aircraft bearing the same number currently operates in the US.
The GDF explained today that some of its Aeronautical Engineers after inspecting the aircraft, had identified the problems which had rendered it unserviceable. The necessary spares were sourced, and the repairs conducted, resulted in the aircraft becoming operable.
The aircraft was flown by GDF Pilots to Lethem on Friday, September 30th where it overnighted. This allowed for the GDF Engineers to conduct further repairs and functional checks under more favourable conditions, so as to ensure the aircraft’s suitability to fly to Timehri.
Consequently, the aircraft departed Lethem for CJIA this morning at 0910 hours, and is currently secured at the GDF Air Corps Hangar, Air Station London, CJIA.
Investigations are ongoing with regards to all aspects surrounding the discovery of the aircraft.