The Phantom Kalitta Boeing 747 - No Official Record of it Landing at Shannon

On the 11th of this month we reported that at least seven planes on contract to the US military were refueled at Shannon Airport. Six of these were Omni Air International planes - these are the carrier contracted to take US troops and their weapons to and from war zones in the Middle East.

The other was a Kalitta Air Boeing 747-4B5(F) with registration N710CK that flew in from Bagram in Afghanistan the previous day (October 9th).

In answer to a parliamentary question from Clare Daly TD, the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport said that Shannon Airport has confirmed that five aircraft, registration numbers N207AX, N342AX, N351AX, N477AX and N819AX, landed in Shannon Airport on the 10th of October 2018.

He went on to say that Shannon Airport has no records of aircraft with the registration number N710CK being in Shannon Airport on that day.

But we have a photograph of the plane at Shannon, taken at 12:47 PM that day.

It was hard to miss the plane as it was parked in the centre of the airport. Its a large Boeing 747 and it arrived at Shannon at about 13.34pm the previous day from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. We take particular note of planes coming from there, as its the same airbase that had a CIA torture centre where prisoners were tortured before being taken on to Guantanamo for further torture, possibly through Shannon.

The plane was almost certainly on US military business. It left Leige on Oct 8th with a US military call sign (CMB162) but switched that before arriving in Shannon on Oct 9th, possibly to conceal the fact that it was carrying US military cargo.  

So what's the reason for the Minister's denial of N710CK's presence at Shannon on Oct 10th? Is it because US military contractors like Kalitta are flaunting Irish law by covertly landing aircraft with prisoners or weapons, and not informing the authorities? Or maybe he or his department know but don't want to admit that a plane carrying weapons landed without permission?

Either way, we intend to find out.

Incidentally the stops for the other 5 warplanes that were at Shannon on Oct 10th we officially classified as "technical stops in accordance with the Second Freedom of the Air as allowed for by the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement". All of them were granted exemptions to carry munitions of war by the Minister Shane Ross's Department.

The Minister told Clare Daly that this was in accordance with the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989. But what he neglected to mention was that it was in contravention of Irish neutrality.

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