Sat, Feb 12, 2005
Michigan C414 Stolen, Flown 15 Miles South, Lands Gear-Up
The owner of
Meyers-Divers Airport in Tecumseh (MI), Keith Diver, was quite
surprised Friday morning when he drove into his airport and found a
Cessna 414 twin (file photo, right) lying on the runway,
gear-up, door open, and not a soul to be seen.
"The plane was lying in the middle of the airport," Diver told
the Daily Telegram. "Its landing gear hadn't been extended and its
door was open and no one was around."
Police just as surprised when they got there after Diver called
them -- as well as the FAA, after he closed the runway. Now they
are trying to find out how the aircraft got that way in the first
As it turns out, the aircraft had been stolen the evening of
February 3 from Ann Arbor (MI) Airport, just 15 miles NE of
Tecumseh. It belongs to Walloon Air LLC, of Ann Arbor, but the
business doesn't have a phone number so no one could be contacted
to find out what had happened to the aircraft.
One the initial investigation was completed, Irish Hills Crane
Service showed up and picked up the plane so it could be moved off
Diver added that he suspects someone stole the twin for a
joyride, but whomever did it must have had some flying experience.
"It takes more training and you have to have an endorsement on your
license to fly a twin," he said.
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