Nov 04, 2008 News
The United States-registered plane which disappeared last Saturday between Issano and Imbaimadai was equipped with a tracking device to enable it to be traced if it crashed.
But there was still no indication yesterday about the fate of the Dynamic Aviation, Inc. twin-engine aircraft, or its three passengers, even as the search intensified in the area where the plane went missing.
Spokesman for Dynamic Aviation Inc., Rick Roof, told Kaieteur News yesterday that the plane is equipped with an emergency beacon system that should have allowed searchers to locate the missing plane.
He explained that the system is supposed to be activated automatically if the plane crashes. However, the rescuers have received no signal indicating the whereabouts of the plane.
The spokesman also revealed that Dynamic Aviations dispatched another plane to Guyana on Sunday to join the search for the company’s missing aircraft.
Roof said that relatives of the missing trio have declined to give interviews to the press, since it was “a difficult time for them.”
Meanwhile, Azad Khan, an official for Prometheus Resources Guyana Inc., said yesterday that the search radius will have to be increased. The search area is estimated to be some 900 square miles.
The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air was doing uranium survey work for Prometheus Resources Guyana Inc., a subsidiary of U308 Corp. of Toronto.
Those aboard the plane are pilot James Barker, First Officer Chris Paris and Canadian technician Patrick Murphy.
Barker and Paris are American citizens.
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Communication, Robeson Benn, said on Sunday that seven aircraft were dispatched to the area.
According to the minister, almost the entire surveying area was flown over at varying degrees, while landing strips within the area were checked.
However, weather conditions caused some amount of hindrance to the search-and-rescue operations.
Kaieteur News was told that the plane was flying over rough terrain when it disappeared.
Reports stated that the control tower at Timehri made contact with the occupants at 14:15 hrs on Saturday.
The plane, which departed from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, was scheduled to return at 18:15hrs.
When the plane failed to show, authorities dispatched the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) skyvan along with planes from private airline companies, as well as two British helicopters which are currently in Guyana as part of a GDF/ British Army training programme, to the area to determine the whereabouts of the plane.
Assistance has since been sought from the South American Satellite System, but no electronic signal has as yet been picked up.
In a statement yesterday, U3O8 Corp. said that the company had two field teams in the survey area to provide ground support to the search team.
“The search continues, and further updates will be provided as soon as there are any material developments,” the release said.
“U308 Corp’s Board and management are deeply concerned about the missing crew, and our thoughts and support are with the crew and their families during this uncertain time.”
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