Guyanese intelligence sleuths seem to have been outsmarted by their counterparts from Caracas, with regard to a recently released Venezuelan aircraft.
At least two international news publications are reporting that the aircraft that was impounded by Guyanese authorities several weeks ago was actually registered to the Venezuelan Air Force.
According to PetroleumWorld.com (PW), a very influential energy news publication (see LINK HERE), the Beechcraft 200C Super King aircraft, with registration number YV-2493, was registered to the Venezuelan Military in 2009; while a commentator on a CNN Espanol program had hinted that it was tasked with transporting military generals and other high ranking officials.
The aircraft was said to have been later assigned to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, which is Venezuela’s main counter-intelligence agency.
However, no one is sure if the Venezuelan Military or the intelligence agency had disposed of the aircraft, or if its documents were changed to the name of a private operator to avoid detection.
But if there is any iota of truth in the reports, then it may first raise the question as to how a Venezuelan Military owned aircraft was able to land at the country’s main airport somewhat undetected, and without the knowledge of the Guyanese military or the powers that may be.
It will also bring into question, the documents that were presented to local authorities, in addition to whether the presented documents were intended to hide the possibility that the aircraft belonged to the Venezuelan Air Force, or if local intelligence were informed enough about the true identity of the aircraft.
Moreover, further concerns may arise as to the true reason why the aircraft had landed here, and what was the actual mission of the five Venezuelan nationals that it was carrying.
Guyanese officials were contending that they had impounded the aircraft and arrested its six occupants, along with a Guyanese businessman, citing their belief that the aircraft’s registration details were false.
Several days later it was reported that the aircraft and the detained men were released since their documentation had checked out.
No other details were presented to the public.
Observers are of the view that if the aircraft is indeed a Venezuelan military intelligence aircraft, and the local authorities were unable to detect something so important to this country’s security, then it would amount to nothing more than a national embarrassment.