Brazilian plane lands at Issano, occupants arrested

PR-FMJ at Issano Airstrip

A Brazilian registered aircraft on Sunday night landed at Issano in the Mazaruni area. The plane, a Cessna 172 bearing registration mark PR-FMJ, was said to be overflying Guyana enroute to Suriname when it encountered mechanical problems and had to land.

A senior official from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said that no flight plan was received pertaining to the flight and that single-engine aircraft are not allowed to fly through Guyana’s airspace at night.

According to Demerara Waves, Police arrested two Brazilians and a Venezuelan who were aboard the plane. Those arrested were a 38 year old pilot, from Boa Vista Brazilian; a 29 year old pilot from Temeremo Venezuela; and a 35 year old Internet Technician from Manaus Brazil.

Police said they are guarding the aircraft while the men, along with their personal belongings, have been detained. The items are a cellphone, a satellite phone; identification; and other items.

“They were questioned using Google Translator and information received 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 of which he confirmed he received from the sudden impact,” police said.

Police believed that the other aircraft crashed, but was not located.

Investigators said the aircraft that landed on the Issano Airstrip was not damaged and nothing illegal was found aboard. “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 passengers onboard and on their person also but nothing illegal was found,” police said.

The Guyana Police Force said lawmen also searched in the vicinity of the plane but nothing illegal was found either.

GCAA officials are investigating the incident.