June 15, 2005, Fort Payne, Ala. / Cessna 152


The airplane collided with the ground during an attempted landing at 2320 Central time. The 14-year-old non-certificated pilot was not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. According to police, the boy had never flown an airplane before but went to the airport and found an airplane with keys in it. He flew for a few minutes and landed, then took off again. On the second flight, he flew a few minutes longer and attempted to land again. This time he landed hard and the airplane veered to the left. He stated that he added power in an attempt to go around but the airplane crashed on a road in a nosedown attitude and slid about 40 feet.The 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged with the theft of an airplane.


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