UPDATE: Low flying aircraft may have belonged to 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.