On 11 March, an article from Bellingcat says that its tesearch includes an extensive review of social media posts, corporate filings, aircraft registration databases, ownership documents and local news coverage – shows that the Venezuelan armed forces appear to have destroyed at least 21 aircraft in the country since 2019. At least 12 of those were registered in the US, although the true number could be higher.  It says that, as it turns out, it can be virtually impossible to know the true identity of a plane’s owner when structures like trusts or LLC are used to register aircraft.


Also on 11 March, Bellingcat reported that not all civil aviation authorities make aircraft registry information available in this way. This is the case with Venezuela, where the Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica (INAC) provides no such information online. This means that researchers interested in information about Venezuela-registered aircraft have to look to other sources for data.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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