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Airplane thief foiled by high-tech anti-theft device (tie-down chain). (latimesblogs.latimes.com) More...

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9760sts
9760sts 9
Why in the hell would anyone steal a 152 ?
skyking376
jeff reeder 1
Amen to that!

A 152 can't go very fast, it could barely scratch the paint off a building, and LA controllers are fantastic provided he could get off the ground...they would watch this little slow dot on the radar go where it wanted and vector planes around till he crashed or ran out of gas.
sparkie624
sparkie624 0
People steel for the high that gives them. I hope they caught the person attempting this.

n7224e
BC Hadley 3
What a buzz-kill this must have been. The devil's in the details.
eagle5719
eagle5719 4
If they decided to steal my 172, I think they'd try somebody else's. I have padlocked chocks, a throttle lock and the battery goes home with me to be trickle charged for the next flight.
dbwhite
Douglas White 1
I hope you did a log book entry for that.
eagle5719
eagle5719 1
Douglas: Referring to removing the battery?
eagle5719
eagle5719 1
Douglas: You are correct. Checking on that, I found that a log book entry should be made each time the battery is removed. I thought you were saying that pulling the battery is not owner allowed. I will get my maintenance logbook out and make the entries. Thanks

John D.
dbwhite
Douglas White 2
Just trying to help. I have seen a lot of owners and or pilots do things without log entries and or w/b changes once you go down that path it can get out of control quickly.
rmchambers
rmchambers 3
I'm sure he was just doing a high power maintenance runup and didn't want to endanger any other planes if the brakes let go.
davlauaa
This is the best comment!
hainesy86
Matt Haines 5
Not a very good pre-flight check, probably should have gone by his pre-theft checklist beforehand. Compton.....figures.
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
He couldn't follow the check list... He has to learn to read first.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
Why the figures comment about Compton???
PackersFan
Gary Cauley 5
high crime rate?
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
So an entire community is labeled because of a percentage. Stereotyping shows the
f _ _ _ king ignorance that is so prevalent!!!
dbwhite
Douglas White 4
ouch! yes, the truth can be paniful.
MilesTeg
john smith 2
Yikes, just imagine this clown flying through the class bravo pumped up on adrenaline after stealing a plane.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 2
The story says that he a former flight student of the school where he tried to still the plane....well good job dummy you've just insured that you may never fly a real plane again and considering that you attempted to commit a federal crime a flight sim either considering that I know of no jails that have them......you big dummy....oh yeah you are probably going to on the no fly-list now; hope you like Grayhound
Moviela
Ric Wernicke 2
At least in Compton they know to lock their plane to the ground.
tuohy
Ed Tuohy 1
I have Insurance
tarbaby
phil gibson 1
Stupidity reigns !!
wmorg777
Walt Morgan 1
I'm glad the authorities caught the guy.....he's not smart enogh to be a pilot!!
ecipcic
eric cipcic 1
Enjoy your hangar flying in the prison yard!
DcnChuck
Charles Shaw 1
At least he got to hear the roar of the mighty engine and he didn't kill anyone.
Chuck Shaw
CaptainArt
I am not surprise. Look at all the circumstances.
howej011
Joseph Howes 0
what a numpty. how stupid can they get?
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Don't Ask.... If you really want to know, go into Walmart at about 2AM in the morning.
davlauaa
how do you know. will you be there?
linbb
linbb -9
Sounds more like he was stupid enough not to take all of the tie downs off, its a tie down and unless it had a padlock on it the thing was not a anti theft device. But hey the person who put the story in here probably doesent even know what they are anyway.
Falconus
Falconus 14
Or maybe the pilot who put the story here was being sarcastic. You never know.
howej011
Joseph Howes 3
sarcasticness is the easyest thing to detect, but then again it could just be me who thinks that