A Chinese plane registration number B-3804 Saturday 24th landed at the Lungi International Airport having onboard 9 crews.
At exactly 17:50 hours, the plane which reportedly was from Guinea Bissau, illegally landed at the Airport, but crews claimed they did so because the flight was running short of fuel.
The Police and ONS apparently barricaded the planes hortly after making a surprised but unlawful landing, searched it, but claimed nothing of security interest was found.
Our findings are that crews (Chinese nationals) found on board including a female co-pilot with Chinese passport No. E95894603 were whisked to the Lungi Police Station where regrettably they were released and warned to report the other (Sunday) for statement making.
Given the fact that the plane had come from Guinea Bissau, a country infamous for drug trafficking, thoughts are that it may have brought into the country things unfavorable to state security.
They say preceding its illegal landing, other planes have been making disbelieving landings at the Airport claiming they were on simulation exercises.
Fears relate to allegation that the planes may have willfully entered the country on a motive inimical to state security.
That same may not be unconnected to the importation of ailment sub-regionally recently observed in neighbouring Liberia.
But spokesperson for the Chinese plane Ziguan Wang claimed he has surrendered relevant documents in his possession to the police for investigation.
During police interrogation of spokesperson Wang, he said they were compelled to do an emergency landing because there was not enough fuel in the plane and that they have had confirmation document from Inter Tropic Holding Air Services with agent Franklyn Atara, a resident of Lungi to do so.
Wang further said that they paid landing permit fee, handling and fuel to one of their agents (Sky Plan Agent) for onward payment to Inter Tropic Air Services.
Agent Franklyn Atara is presently at large.
This, however, has raised the suspicion that the police should pay greater attention in proving the cause that led to the illegal landing of such a plane.
Findings are that 9 Chinese crews (suspects) arrested by the police and have all been released and are at their hotels in a mood referred completely hospitable.
Our reference is now drawn to the fact that a suspected spy was arrested in March this year, who told the police he once was arrested in Syria on the suspicion that he was a spy arrested by ISIS and detained at a place called Raqqa.
David Anthony/ Karim Sesay claimed he came from Trinidad and Tobago.
He admitted to have been in jail in London where he was arrested for possession of cocaine, but how he came to Sierra Leone, what his purpose was, is a question still not told by the police.
The fact that a plane has again been arrested for illegal landing, yet its crews could not give any reason for doing, raises the alarm bell that the police should clear doubts surrounding such a plane.
They say a much thorough investigation may bring to light the true reason (s) for the illegal landing of such a plane.
Betty Brima, Public Relation Officer Lungi International Airport was contacted but said she was in a meeting and will get back to us.
To be continued next edition.