British authorities have continuously denied that the now infamous CIA rendition flights have ever landing in the UK, despite the fact that they had often been recorded landing in the UK. When the European parliament release its report on the secret CIA installations and the attendant rendition flights, they documented one plane in particular as a CIA rendition buggy, a CASA-212 Aviocar with registration number N964BW. That plane was just observed landing in the UK at an RAF base in Mildenhall, complete with a crew in military fatigues and a receiving party of four armed American troops.
The row over CIA 'torture flights' using British airports has deepened following fresh evidence that a plane repeatedly linked to the controversial programme landed in the UK just days ago.Of course, the CIA does not own the plane directly but rather, hires out to a firm running a front company through which the dirty deeds are done. That company is none other than the consistently creepy mercenary outfit of Blackwater, USA. Amusingly, the FAA has the aircraft's registered owners listed as two companies, one of which is the appropriately named Presidential Airways.
The plane was logged arriving at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk last weekend, and watching aviation experts said the aircraft, piloted by crew clad in desert fatigues, was immediately surrounded on the runway by armed American security forces.
Its registration number, clearly visible on the fuselage, identifies it as a plane which the European Parliament says has been involved in 'ghost flights' to smuggle terrorist suspects to shadowy interrogation centres abroad.