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"Man Arrested Trying to Steal Plane From Southern California Airport"
- From: "Stephen Irwin, M.S., A.A.E., I.A.P." <stepheni@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:17:38 -0700
- Organization: www.californiaaviation.org/irwin.html
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Man tries to steal small plane from Compton Airport
The Los Angeles (CA) Times
A Bellflower man was arrested Friday morning after authorities said he tried
to steal a small plane from Compton Airport but was unsuccessful because the
rear of the aircraft was chained to the ground.
Troy Daniel Long, 25, was arrested on suspicion of aircraft piracy, a
federal crime, and is expected to be charged Monday, said FBI spokeswoman
Laura Eimiller. He is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention
Center in downtown Los Angeles pending his bail hearing.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies received a call at 7:55 a.m. Friday
that "a man with a gun was trying to steal a plane," said Capt. Mike
When they arrived, deputies were told that Long, a former flight student,
had taken the keys to a Cessna 152 two-seat, single-engine propeller plane.
The suspect was inside the aircraft.
"They saw a man in a plane with the engine revving, the propeller spinning
and the plane was lurching and bucking against a chain attached to the rear
of the plane from the tarmac," Parker said. "Their guns pointed at the
suspect, they tried to yell over the sound of the engine for the suspect to
shut down the engine and waved their arms" for him to surrender.
"Eventually he shut off the plane, took off the headset and surrendered,"
The identity of the plane's owner was not immediately available.
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