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UPDATE: Low flying aircraft may have belonged to US Coast Guard

RVIPF & US Coast Guard conduct operation in VI waters-RVIPF
Virgin Islands News Online was bombarded with calls last night June 5, 2013 from residents who reported that they had seen an aircraft circling Tortola around 11:20 P.M. to 12:15 A.M. Airport authorities seemed not to be aware of these reports. Information now reaching this news site is that the aircraft may have belonged to the US Coast and was assisting the Territory in an operation. Photo: VINO
The Deputy Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority, Dianna Maduro, told Virgin Islands News Online that she was not aware of any request made for a late flight on Wednesday June 5, 2013, however, the airport has procedures in place when a flight needs to come in after hours. Photo: VINO/File
The Deputy Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority, Dianna Maduro, told Virgin Islands News Online that she was not aware of any request made for a late flight on Wednesday June 5, 2013, however, the airport has procedures in place when a flight needs to come in after hours. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The mystery low flying aircraft that was seen circling Tortola on the night of June 5, 2013 is believed to be that of the US Coast Guard.

Several efforts to confirm this proved futile, however, as calls to the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Mr Alwin James proved futile while Mr Roy Stoutt directed this news site to the RVIPF’s Information Officer Diane Drayton who could not immediately be reached.

Ms Drayton, however, returned our call after issuing a press release which stated that “the

U.S. Coastguard contacted BVI authorities to report a sighting of a suspicious go-fast boat approaching the Territory’s waters on Tuesday evening. BVI Customs, with support from the RVIPF, conducted a water search and with the assistance from the U.S. aerial support found a vessel grounded and beached on the northeastern side of Great Camanoe,” the release stated.

It was also noted that no firearms were discharged in this operation and no one was injured.

“Inquiries are ongoing,” the release conluded.

Contacted this morning, June 7, 2013 Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith said he couldn't comment on the operation at this time.

However, according to at least two reliable sources, the low flying aircraft, along with the RVIPF and HM Customs, were pursuing a boat with at least 4 persons suspected to be involved in illegal activities. It was reported that the occupants of the vessel refused to cooperate with the law men and they later abandoned their boat before making good their escape.

According to the inside source, the operation went throughout Wednesday night into Thursday morning and some leads have made by the law men. Considered a high profile operation, the source declined to divulge any further information.

See previous article posted on June 6, 2013

Mystery aircraft circles Tortola after airport closes!

-Was it a UFO? or a plane? Many residents reported seeing low flying aircraft with no lights

Many residents and our many readers called our news room last night June 5, 2013 to report that they had seen an aircraft circling Tortola sometime between 11:20 P.M. and 12:15 A.M.

The many eyewitnesses claimed that they saw the low flying aircraft circle Road Town and Beef Island about 5 to 8 times.

One eyewitness, who said his name was 'Steve', told our news room, "I was in Road Town by the chicken van when I saw the plane flying with no lights…it was funny at that time of the night”. Another man who called also confirmed he saw the plane while he reportedly was driving from Baughers Bay heading to Sea Cows Bay around 12:00 midnight. “It was a big plane you could not miss it...like the size of a Liat plane,” he told our news room with certainty.

Calls to the Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority Denniston Fraser were unsuccessful as of press time. Deputy Managing Director Dianna Maduro told our news site that she was not aware of any request made for a late flight last night, however, the airport has procedures in place when a flight needs to come in after hours.

Another source close to the Airports Authority confirmed that both air traffic controllers and the fire officers left the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport last night June 5, 2013 at around 10:30 P.M.

The same source told our news site that there were no calls made to return to reopen the airport.

Coy W. Levons Director of Operations for the BVI Airports Authority, also confirmed that he got a lot of messages and texts about the low flying aircraft last night.

He promised to investigate the matter and get back to our news site.

Up to this morning June 6, 2013 many other persons also called to say they had also seen and heard the aircraft around 11:40 P.M. last night and it was indeed circling Tortola allegedly with no lights.

The Virgin Islands has no military and no air force to protect the homeland. It remains unclear the status of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force aircraft.  It is also unclear if the San Juan Puerto Rico Aviation Authorities were contacted on this reported issue.

Our News Site will bring more information as it becomes available on the alleged mystery low flying aircraft.

62 Responses to “UPDATE: Low flying aircraft may have belonged to US Coast Guard”

  • ---------------- (06/06/2013, 08:55) Like (31) Dislike (71) Reply
    It was the British just seeing where to land when they invade and take back the country from the NDP
  • De I (06/06/2013, 08:55) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    I come online purposefully to see if there was any drug busts last night. The plane passed between Guana Island and Cooten bay on the northside flying low with no lights - no strobes, no landing lights, no wing lights. Sounded like twin PT-6's.
    • my two dollars (06/06/2013, 10:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Evil thrive when we allow it and we are aware that not all human thoughts are pure or good for humanity.
  • rattie (06/06/2013, 08:57) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    School children say it was a USA coast guard and police operation…they did another drug bus!!!
    • @ rattie (06/06/2013, 10:42) Like (33) Dislike (16) Reply
      People out of work, government is a waste, people hungry!!! what they expect people to do? Until such time, I will throw my support behind the man trying by any means to feed his family!!
      • DON Q (06/06/2013, 11:36) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
        10,000 likes!!!
      • bb (06/06/2013, 17:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        well buy the drugs from them, thats upfront financial support
      • BuzzBvi (06/06/2013, 18:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Good job Rattie don't have anyone say that the BVI is not full of criminal drug smuggling thugs because 23 people like that and 11 don't. So on that basis 2 thirds of the BVI VINO reading public are full on for crime.
        One area the Gov could be encouraging you to shop in St Thomas for.
        Some BVIslanders really do want to be able to live in a lawless place.
        Not long before BVI all living alone again.
      • stuppps (06/06/2013, 20:34) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
        Rattie you is an blasted fool. Feed your family at the expense of other people family right? When it becomes your family member strung out on drugs, your kids, your mother, your father, your brother and your sister, I would see if you would support this initiative then. This world is really full of selfish and wicked people.
      • Really (07/06/2013, 15:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Please tell me that when one of your kids becomes a drug addict.
    • who next (06/06/2013, 15:51) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      Who they gone with this time from west end?
      • Biggs (06/06/2013, 17:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        Chinnery
        • tola (07/06/2013, 10:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

          All u people on this $h1t either police or snitches so at the end of the day that's all u can do is talk $h1t glad I don't live around u' ll anymore wish our pics had to come alone with our comments so we could see these snakes

  • We Are One (06/06/2013, 08:58) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Maybe it was a drone.
  • I-Spy (06/06/2013, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Clantestine surveilance Parachute landings have been authorized
    • in the news (06/06/2013, 10:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The greater the influence of the drug trade in a country the greater the intolerance for law and order, hypocrisy, corruption, poverty and crime;
  • rainbow (06/06/2013, 09:17) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    so all who saw didnt take a photo buddy?
  • VG (06/06/2013, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yea saw it last flying over virgin about 12.40 and found it very strange
  • ire (06/06/2013, 09:25) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    The spys r out. Oh what a thing seems big things ah go han and we in a "Robus" economy. Tantelala dingheling dede
  • Tola Girl (06/06/2013, 09:26) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    I heard it to. The east police were patrolling the whole area. Saw them passed so many times. Good job rvipf for trying to keep us safe.
  • VIlander (06/06/2013, 09:30) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I saw it too I figured it was a drug drop gone wrong lol but they were flyign so low I knew the authorities saw it as well....didn't expect it to be in the news today doh
  • Suspiscious (06/06/2013, 09:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    hmmmmmm this is rather unsettling, Late, unknown, no calls, no alerts and NO Lights!!!
  • Pusha T (06/06/2013, 09:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh WE KNOW what plane it was....you know maaan the alphabet plane.
  • . (06/06/2013, 09:41) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    (Sea borne??) was late and the airport was already closed...They had to circle until puerto rico give them clearance to return.
  • sleeping beauty (06/06/2013, 09:53) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    I was fast asleep if aliens came to take over they would of have to wake me up to get me boy oh boy not even ah terror alert to alert to alert us sleeping ppl at that time of night
  • pat (06/06/2013, 09:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    if no lights, maybe in trouble. Any radio connection? Any feedback from STT? Which brings up the question of no one present at the airport for this exact possibility.

    OR- a Drug drop off gone bad because of location confusion. In any case, radio contact should always be a possibility.
  • Pilot (06/06/2013, 10:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Puerto Rico Radar would have had it on the screen and should be able to identify it according to flight plans. The drug planes are not that big
  • school children (06/06/2013, 10:05) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    We heard that it was a big drop last night and that was the DEA plane circling.
  • VG (06/06/2013, 10:05) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    heard an aircraft pass the valley (VG) last night late... could have been the same... sounded big. Bigger than Liat.
  • Under Cover (06/06/2013, 10:07) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Yep! I was in bed when I heard it and looked on my clock to see the time. It was after 11:00 pm going on mid night and I thought it strange that a flight would be arriving at Beef Island so late. I would not be surprise if its a US Military Aircraft (Coast Guard) checking the area for Drug Trafficking Activities. You know Tloians love to traffick coke and weed. The Feds are watching us and I don't blame them one bit. Tola need to cleaned up..
  • bvi (06/06/2013, 10:09) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Someone needed to do a drug drop, but couldnt find the right spot. lol
  • hey (06/06/2013, 10:12) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    The UK does have the responsibility to protect us, they should send a jet down since they are getting so involved with the ot's
  • IQ (06/06/2013, 10:18) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Plane in distress, a drop or an invasion either way we were caught off guard. we couldn't go up and take a look ( since they were buzzing for an hour) and don't where they come from or where they gone. I take this as a sign.
  • concern (06/06/2013, 10:58) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I come online to see what that was lastnight because airport was close long time so what was that aircraft doing circling our island and it was flying real low as well
  • Sea (06/06/2013, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    it sound like it crash in the sea because it was loud and then it went quite
  • police officer west end (06/06/2013, 11:43) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    David Cameron doing his spying before the G 8 meeting counting the big houses that the bank will take back once the Financial Services Industry is taking away from us …that’s all it was my ppl
  • .... (06/06/2013, 11:50) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    It was a drug bust. Heard the boats as well.
  • sight (06/06/2013, 12:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Police boats took in a open deck speed boat this morning not sure if it's related
    • dead man (06/06/2013, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      it just moght be get on it VINO i see melle in west end this morning
  • Forgotten (06/06/2013, 12:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    These UFO aint playin wid ayo tola ppl
  • sparky (06/06/2013, 14:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There was also a helicopter out there about 5 am flying low and slow near guana island
  • posh (06/06/2013, 15:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nah it was the TRAIN FOR THE MIAMI BAND WAGONERS!! lol
  • Chucky (06/06/2013, 15:58) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    What's the fuss the american are always in our airspace!
  • hi (06/06/2013, 17:03) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    why the hell ayo don't mind ayo business?
  • bay yute (06/06/2013, 17:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    it was one or two of the corrupt politicians trying to get home late at night on a privet jet
  • truth or dear (06/06/2013, 18:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    so where is all the melee about the big drug bust????? so it was not true..oh well we will settle then that the plane was a UFO
  • Mufon (06/06/2013, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was a UFO made to look like a regular airplane on a gov't drug mission - so that no one would notice it.
  • wise up (06/06/2013, 22:24) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just checking BVI security system; so we will know how to flex for the real drop next week
  • LOL (07/06/2013, 05:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    anymore low flying aircraft last night? I was fast asleep...lol
  • ausar (07/06/2013, 17:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is routine procedure on this side of the Virgin Islands(US).

    Look out drug dealers!!
  • No right (07/06/2013, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    so the big brother USA just run rings over us and took over our air space....not right!!!!
  • worldwide surveilleance (07/06/2013, 18:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    See? It really was an alien vehicle flying around. And those aliens can be really nasty - they're from
    the US. They WISH they had flying saucers, but there's always someone elses food on their plates -
    yo ho ho!
  • finders keepers (08/06/2013, 12:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope they found what they were looking for so late and night flying so low!!!

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