A plane, unofficially reported to be fitted with secret surveillance equipment capable of intercepting mobile phone calls and eavesdropping on conversations, has been flying in the skies above the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Friday).
Alarmed Island Echo readers got in touch after discovering the twin-prop Cessna plane on flight tracking software, with an unusual flight path appearing to show the plane circling multiple times over the Bembridge and Ryde areas. The plane, which has blanked out windows, flew towards Godshill, out to Blackgang and then back to its base at Farnborough in Hampshire.
G-TDSA – a Cessna F406 Caravan II aeroplane – has been at the centre of a number of national newspaper reports and online discussion over the years with many claiming the plane is one of several used by the Metropolitan Police to monitor citizens from the sky.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) records indicate the aircraft is registered to a firm called ‘Nor Leasing’, however there is no trace of the business and the registered address is a mailbox in London.