Ground searches begin for missing US aircraft
Ground searches began this morning as the rescue teams moved in more in the Chi-Chi area in region seven where it is believed an American registered aircraft may have gone down. The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control Saturday afternoon just about an hour after takeoff from the Cheddi Jagan airport. The small aircraft similar to this one was conducting surveillance operations for a mining company.
There were no distress calls or signals and reports indicate that the search and rescue efforts could soon be turned into search and recovery. Teams from the Guyana Defence Force and the British military are conducting the search operations.
The area where it is believed the small aircraft may have gone down is densely forested creating a nightmare for search teams. In addition bad weather is also hampering their search efforts.
Aviation sources told capitol news today that the search area is a large one and may be difficult to pin point an exact location of the wreckage of one does exist. Rescuers are keeping their fingers crossed hoping to locate the aircraft and survivors but as reality sets in, hope may be slipping away.