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Old 01-05-2002, 22:00   #1 (permalink)
 
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another plane crashed into a building?

Just heard a news update and I think it said there was a light aircraft crash into a building in the US. Anyone else know anything about this?
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Yea some kid jacked a plane

stolen, single-engine plane being pursued by a Coast Guard helicopter on Saturday slammed halfway up the 41-story Bank of America building in downtown Tampa, authorities said.

The pilot, a 15-year-old high school student, died in the crash.

The incident occurred about the same time two small aircraft crashed in Colorado and California, but authorities said they found no connection in the events. "None of the incidents appear to be related, and there is no indication of terrorism," said Scott McClellan, White House deputy press secretary.

The teen jumped into the Cessna 172 at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in nearby St. Petersburg and took off alone at about 5 p.m. EST, police said.

"We believe he departed without anyone's knowledge, or their giving him the OK to leave," said Pinellas County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Greg Tita.

As the plane took off, air-traffic control alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, which dispatched a helicopter to intercept the Cessna, said Lt. Charlotte Pittman of the Coast Guard. The helicopter's crew, yards away from the Cessna, signaled for it to land at an airport just south of Tampa. Instead, the airplane struck the building without appearing to try to avoid it, witnesses said.



The unauthorized take-off also prompted authorities to scramble two F-15 jets. The jets, part of the 125th Fighter Wing based at Homestead Air Force Base in Miami, Florida, arrived at the west-central Florida city within moments, but not before the Cessna had crashed, said Capt. Richard Bittner, the base's public information officer.

Commercial airports in both Tampa and St. Petersburg temporarily suspended operations following the incident.

The plane's wings tore from the fuselage when it struck the skyscraper near its 23rd and 24th floors, said a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The plane's tail was hanging from the side of building, located at 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., and windows on at least two stories had shattered, according to reports. Despite fuel leaks, no fire erupted and the structure remained in tact and safe, city fire and police officials said.

The pilot, a ninth grader at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida, had taken flying classes for two years, Tita said. He was "pre-flight authorized," meaning he was authorized to do a pre-flight check but not to get into the plane alone, said a government transportation official.

The teen was at the airport with his mother and grandmother performing a pre-flight check when he got into the plane and took off, Tita said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident. FAA officials were on the scene Saturday night.
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A twin-engine Cessna Skymaster airplane crashed in Orange County Saturday, killing one person on board and sparking a small fire in the area, authorities said.

The plane crashed around 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) in a vacant lot surrounded by commercial and residential buildings in Buena Park, about 27 miles southeast of Los Angeles, said Orange County fire officials. The plane crashed about a block away from the Fullerton Municipal Airport, The Associated Press reported.

NTSB investigator Howard Plagens said the plane had been cleared to land and did not report any problems or make an emergency radio call.

Officials in the tower said the plane was too high and did not have its landing gear down as it approached the airport. It rolled and crashed vertically into the ground before the tower could alert the pilot, Plagens said.

The crash caused a ground fire at the point of impact, possibly knocking down cable or telephone lines, said Dennis Shell, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The fire was extinguished.

The aircraft was "well destroyed," Shell said.

There were no reports of injuries on the ground.

Some witnesses said the pilot appeared to deliberately turn the plane toward the vacant lot to avoid hitting people in the area, but Plagens said it was too early to say whether the pilot could control the plane.
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How does a 15 year old steal a plane?

Unbelievable!!
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I heard he was going for a flying lesson. He must have been warming the plane up and then decided to go for it on his own. Tragic.
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How does a 15 year old steal a plane?

Unbelievable!!
I'll say, seems inevitable that someone will end up doing a copy cat scenario.
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I'll say, seems inevitable that someone will end up doing a copy cat scenario.
Get used to it, because there'll be more in future, and the more publicity the media gives them, the more it'll happen. Just like disturbed fvckwits going on shooting spree, of which I had some unpleasant but not directly involved experience a couple of years ago, unlike the poor bastard who died and the other one who was wounded and the others on the list he didn't get to. If the press would just shut up about lunatics (not including the SS variety) we'd be a lot better off.
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Get used to it, because there'll be more in future, and the more publicity the media gives them, the more it'll happen. Just like disturbed fvckwits going on shooting spree, of which I had some unpleasant but not directly involved experience a couple of years ago, unlike the poor bastard who died and the other one who was wounded and the others on the list he didn't get to. If the press would just shut up about lunatics (not including the SS variety) we'd be a lot better off.
Very true mate, the media pretty much makes these physco's have well a big head. Sad really as it only takes 1 crazy to start it.
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Teenage suicide pilot sympathised with bin Laden

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Washington: The young pilot who deliberately crashed his plane into a Tampa, Florida office building expressed "sympathy" toward top terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden in a note found in the wreckage of the Cessna plane, police officials said today.

According to the note found in 15-year-old Charles Bishop's pocket, which Tampa police chief Bennie Holder characterised as a suicide note, he "clearly stated he had acted alone without any help from anyone else".

"He expressed sympathy toward Osama bin Laden and the events of 9-11," the police chief told reporters, referring to the September 11 terrorist attacks. "He was a troubled young man."

AP reported that Holder said there was no evidence Bishop had terrorist ties.

He said Bishop was a loner with few friends, and that the boy wrote that he acted alone.

"Bishop can best be described as a young man who had very few friends and was very much a loner," Holder said.

Bishop crashed the Cessna 172R into the 42-storey Bank of America building in Tampa after taking off without authorisation and ignoring signals to land from a Coast Guard helicopter that pursued the plane. He was killed.

Investigators today interviewed the family of the student pilot and said they would search his personal computer for evidence.
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jeez im glad he is dead & no one else
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