Engines for aircraft seized in Colombia staying in P.E.I.

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 22, 2016

Dash Q300, Canadian aircraft similar to one now registered to Columbian police.

A company trying to get ownership of two $1-million airplane engines that were seized in Colombia has lost its fight in the P.E.I. Court of Appeal.

In a recent decision, Justice John Mitchell wrote the rest of the plane, documents related to its seizure, government administrators and other related parties are all in Colombia.

Mitchell also wrote the police force is a Colombian state agency and the company trying to get the engines is an American company.

"It is only too clear that Prince Edward Island is not the more appropriate forum to hear this case."

The engines in question were on a plane the Colombian government seized in 2011 and sent to Vector Aerospace in Summerside for an overhaul.

That plane entered Colombia without the proper paperwork leading to the seizure.

The Colombian government donated the plane to its national police force.

Florida-based company Dash 224 is pursuing its interest in the plane and trying to get the engines back.

Dash 224 appealed a lower court decision that said in this case, P.E.I. had no jurisdiction to interfere with the actions and legal determination of a foreign state.

The company appealed on several grounds, losing on each of them.

The appeals court awarded the National Police of Colombia $13,928.80 in costs.