One day after the questionable departure of two Oxford Aviation (OA) aircraft from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle on Saturday last, two individuals’ attempt to gain access into the company’s office was thwarted by airport security personnel.
This was confirmed by the Airport’s Public Communication Consultant (PCC), Kit Nascimento, yesterday.
Nascimento stated that on Sunday, two men were prevented from entering the OA office after it was discovered that one of the men was wearing a security pass belonging to the OA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tricia Persaud.
Nascimento stated that the individuals were denied entry and the office located in the terminal building was locked since the company owes the airport a “substantial” amount of money.
It was reported by another source at the airport that Persaud is the wife of the Company’s boss, Munidat “Raj” Persaud.
Reports also state that it was the duo’s son, who presented Tricia Persaud’s pass to the security personnel on Sunday.
Nascimento, providing an update on the “illegal” departure, stated that the airport is reviewing the actions and protocols on the day the planes left by examining video footage, among other things.
He said that three individuals were seen presenting themselves to the security as representatives of OA. He continued that the individuals had left airside on three occasions to load equipment onto the aircraft.
“When asked whether they were planning a flight, they said they were not planning to fly anywhere.”
Nascimento reiterated that there was no breach of protocols on behalf of the airport or any of its employees.
The two Cessna 206 Aircraft, bearing registration numbers 8R-GTP and 8R-GMP attached to Oxford Aviation, left the airport sometime around 4am on Saturday.
One of the aircraft is reportedly subject to High Court litigation, barring the aircraft from leaving the jurisdiction.
This was also confirmed by Nascimento who stated that this particular plane was barred from leaving the country but was not barred to operating internally. He went on to state that this information was never conveyed to the airport.
According to reports, one of the aircraft was flown out of the country by its owner, Munidat Persaud who happens to be the owner of the Aviation Company and a flight school in the United States. The other pilot was not identified.
According to a source, the aircraft were flown to Trinidad then to the island of Grenada, from where they subsequently departed for Anguilla.
One of the planes has since been grounded in Anguilla whilst the other had departed to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This publication was unable to verify if the aircraft had arrived to San Juan or the status of the grounded aircraft back in Anguilla.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, has since advised that employees who were on duty during the departures at the airport, be sent on Administrative leave to ensure a “thorough” investigation. He had also stated that the primary concern was to ascertain whether any procedures were breached.
Meanwhile, when asked for a comment from the President of the National Air and Transportation Authority (NATA), Annette Arjoon-Martins, since the Oxford Aviation is a member of the authority, she stated that she would rather wait on the conclusion of the investigation before making any comments. She noted that this approach seems better, since the “facts” will be revealed then, and she would be in a better position to comment on the matter.
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