Wednesday, October 12, 2005
A small jet was found at Gwinnett County airport this weekend. For a couple of days, how it got there was a mystery, but now an arrest has been made. Apparently it was just a joyride by a 22-year-old pilot, who does have a commercial pilot certificate, but no rating for this type of plane. He took five people along with him, and they turned him in. See http://www.wsbtv.com/news/5082682/detail.html and http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=70441 for current details.
(More details are available at http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1005/12planearrest.html, but that site requires registration.)
It looks like the moral of the story is that if you decide to steal a plane, you shouldn't take your friends along.
I understand why someone might want to steal a plane, but I wonder about the five people who thought it would be fun to take a ride in a jet with an unqualified pilot. They claim they were unaware that the jet was stolen, but I wonder how they accepted the fact that a 22-year-old was able to give them a joyride in a seven-million-dollar plane.