"HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?" Francis Schaeffer

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

R U missing your jet

R U missing your jet?                 READ

LAWRENCEVILLE — A $7 million charter jet reported stolen from St. Augustine, Fla., was found Monday at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. Crime scene technicians scoured the interior of the Cessna Citation 7, a 10-passenger aircraft owned by Pinnacle Air of Springdale, Ark., after airport personnel located it on the tarmac about 1 p.m. Monday. The flight crew responsible for the plane was on a chartered flight to St. Augustine. Crew members discovered the jet was missing when they went to check on it Monday morning, said Sgt. D. Mattox of the Gwinnett County Police Department. A check of Gwinnett airport records revealed that the jet landed here between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Mattox said. Whoever stole the jet didn’t file a flight plan, which authorities said is somewhat unusual for that size of aircraft. The jet suffered damage to the front edge of one wing, but it was not disabled. Police believe the suspect is an experienced pilot who has flown through Gwinnett in the past. Briscoe Field is the third-busiest airport in Georgia. “It had to be somebody that knew or had experience with this type of aircraft,” Mattox said. “You can’t just walk over from one of these smaller planes and fly this.” Mattox said planes are easy to steal if you know how to fly them, because they usually don’t require a key to start the engines.

Who in the world steals a jet of all things.  Let’s not jump to “it’s a terrorist” conclusion just yet but my goodness – stealing a jet? What are the odds?

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