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Stolen plane has less than an hour of fuel left

CTV ^ | staff

Posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 9:32:06 PM by pissant

U.S. F-16 fighter jets are tracking a single-engine plane over Missouri that was stolen from a Thunder Bay, Ont., aviation school Monday afternoon.

Lt.-Cmdr. Gary Ross of NORAD in Colorado told CTV Newsnet that as of about 9 p.m. the plane was about 50 kilometres east of Salem.

"We remain in pursuit and are trying to encourage the pilot to land safely," he said.

Ross said the pilot has not responded to radio calls from the F-16s or the FAA and that the stolen Cessna 172 only has about one hour of fuel left. He also said the pilot has refused to acknowledge the nonverbal communications from the F-16 jets to follow them.

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  1. white.pngURGENT -- The stolen Cessna which was being chased by F16 fighter jets landed at Highway 60 in Missouri about 8 minutes ago. Details soon.8 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters

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Interesting that even 7 1/2 years after 9/11 it took 20 minutes to intercept the plane despite having 88 minutes lead time (counting from when it was stolen) and the Cessna was flying much slower than the Boeings that morning and presumably had its transponder on. From the linked ABC article:

"The plane entered American airspace over Michigan's Upper Peninsula at 4:23 p.m. ET today and was trailed by the military aircraft since 4:43 p.m. as it flew over Minnesota, south through Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.

At one point, the Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison was evacuated as a precaution as the plane flew over the city.

Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, confirmed to ABC News that one of its aircraft was stolen today and flown out of Thunder Bay International Airport at 2:55 p.m."

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Interesting that even 7 1/2 years after 9/11 it took 20 minutes to intercept the plane despite having 88 minutes lead time (counting from when it was stolen) and the Cessna was flying much slower than the Boeings that morning and presumably had its transponder on. From the linked ABC article:

"The plane entered American airspace over Michigan's Upper Peninsula at 4:23 p.m. ET today and was trailed by the military aircraft since 4:43 p.m. as it flew over Minnesota, south through Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.

At one point, the Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison was evacuated as a precaution as the plane flew over the city.

Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, confirmed to ABC News that one of its aircraft was stolen today and flown out of Thunder Bay International Airport at 2:55 p.m."

Hey,

We don't need no terrorits, we got idiot kids.

BK

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