'I Suggest You Don't Pursue This Any Further'
Ontario residents would like to know just what, exactly, a DHC-6
Twin Otter owned by a company suspected of being a CIA front was
doing there this fall.
The October visit of the mysterious aircraft, registry N6161Q,
is causing concern, curiosity, and raised eyebrows among those in
Sault Ste. Marie. According to the FAA N-Number registry, the
aircraft is registered to Washington, DC-based Aviation Specialties
Inc. -- one of seven companies identified by the New York Times as
According to The Canadian Press, the aircraft departed
Michigan's Jackson County Airport (JXN) in early October. After a
brief stop in Sault Ste. Marie, the aircraft made short trip to an
airport southwest of Bar River, home to a maintenance facility
specializing in DeHavillands.
That isn't the part that interests residents most, however; it's
that the airplane flew to Michigan from Smithfield, NC's Johnston
County Airport -- singled out by the Times as a hub for covert US
According to flight records, 61Q has yet to leave Bar River...
and an unnamed airport official didn't help put the smoldering
embers of conspiracy theories and black-ops speculations when he
told the Press he doesn't discuss aircraft flying into the airport
out of concern for owner's privacy.
"I have no knowledge of any CIA aircraft," he said. "I suggest
you don't pursue this any further."
Not surprisingly, his advice went unheeded.
The Twin Otter is one of at least seven aircraft registered to
alleged CIA front companies to have landed at Canadian airports in
the last six months, according to flight records obtained by the
Press. Those abroad believe the flights have been transporting
terror suspects to foreign prisons. A CIA spokesperson has declined
to comment on Canadian landings.
The well-travelled DHC-6 (file photo of type, above) -- the
plane has reportedly been seen in Nevada, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq,
Malta and Ireland -- is one of 11 planes registered to Aviation
Specialties Inc. Several King Airs, a Cessna 337 Skymaster, an
Aviat Husky, and a Mooney are some of the other types of planes
registered to the... company?