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Suspect charged after alleged drunken ride in stolen plane
WTNH-TV, New Haven ^ | June 22, 2005 | AP

Posted on 06/22/2005 2:06:11 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough

(Harrison, N.Y.-AP, June 22, 2005 2:25 PM) _ An 20-year-old man, allegedly intoxicated, is under arrest after allegedly stealing a small plane in Connecticut. The man took two friends on a three-hour joyride early this morning that somehow ended with a safe landing at a darkened Westchester County Airport.

County Executive Andrew Spano says that when an airport security car met the four-seat Cessna at 4:15 a.m. and the plane doors opened, a significant number of beer cans spilled to the ground.

Police say the plane's 20-year-old "pilot," Philippe Patricio, of Bethel, Connecticut, was arrested with a blood alcohol level of point-one-five -- nearly double the legal limit for driving in New York state.

His two 16-year-old passengers were not charged.

The plane was nearly out of gas when it landed, and it appeared that Patricio became lost during his time in the air.

It was unclear how he spotted the Westchester airport, which had closed for construction work five hours earlier.

Spano was incensed that the post-September Eleventh security measures in place at the Westchester airport were not duplicated at the Danbury Municipal Airport, where the single-engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk departed at about 1:30 am

A call left for comment at the administration office at Danbury Municipal Airport was not immediately returned.

Authorities were perplexed at Patricio's ability to land the plane on a small taxiway without any lights while lost and allegedly drunk.

Patricio was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated. The DWI was the result of Patricio taxiing through the airport while drunk, since there are no state laws applying to flying while intoxicated.

Westchester authorities said it appeared that Patricio may work as a part-time mechanic at the Danbury airport, and could have used an access pass to get his hands on the Cessna's keys.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cessna; danbury; fwi; hpn; perplexed; plane; westchester
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From another story on this: "What's more amazing about this story is that the man arrested is not even a registered pilot as far as authorities know."
1 posted on 06/22/2005 2:06:12 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LurkedLongEnough

"Duuuuuuude...where's th' party?"


2 posted on 06/22/2005 2:07:09 PM PDT by RichInOC (...Phi Kappa Sigma, Beta Rho '87...my liver is evil. I must kill it.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

"From another story on this: "What's more amazing about this story is that the man arrested is not even a registered pilot as far as authorities know."

He may still know how to operate and aircraft. Lack of official government sanction does not limit knowledge, that seems to be something bureaucrats can't seem to get their minds around.


3 posted on 06/22/2005 2:08:49 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: LurkedLongEnough

All those years of video games payed off....


4 posted on 06/22/2005 2:11:15 PM PDT by dakine
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Any landing you walk away from is a good landing!


5 posted on 06/22/2005 2:13:20 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (LET ME DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, ALEX KOZINSKI FOR SCOTUS)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Now that is what you say is flying high.


6 posted on 06/22/2005 2:23:05 PM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

This kid needs to join the military and get some discipline. He obviously has some talent.


7 posted on 06/22/2005 2:23:41 PM PDT by scheuber
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To: dljordan

"He may still know how to operate and aircraft."

To some extent, but even sober, it would take an act of God
for him to have made this joy ride and land in one piece,
even if he had some flight lessons.
Fly for three hours, drunk, at night, and landing on an unlit taxi strip? Amazing.


8 posted on 06/22/2005 2:29:10 PM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava)
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To: AlexW

"Fly for three hours, drunk, at night, and landing on an unlit taxi strip? Amazing."

I was on duty at an FBO in Nashville one Sunday when an aircraft landed and pulled up to the flightline. The pilot got out, several beercans fell onto the tarmac and he carefully walked over to me and asked where the nearest store was. I told him and he told me to top off his tanks. I got a look inside the cockpit and it was full of beercans. He got back (by taxi) and had a sack of beer under his arm, paid me and took off. He had flown from Florida and was on his way to Indiana.


9 posted on 06/22/2005 2:42:38 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: dljordan

Wonder how many bathroom landings he had to make...


10 posted on 06/22/2005 2:55:21 PM PDT by kenth
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To: kenth

"Wonder how many bathroom landings he had to make..."

Probably carried a pee bottle. Jeez, that guy was such a maroon.


11 posted on 06/22/2005 3:27:24 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: LurkedLongEnough

This is bizarre - I thought it was a repost from this news story - but no - it's ANOTHER one!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1424315/posts


12 posted on 06/22/2005 3:30:17 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Jun 22, 1909 The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA, after 23 days.)
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To: Aeronaut

for aviation ping


13 posted on 06/22/2005 3:47:02 PM PDT by IonImplantGuru (June! It's bustin' out all over... ENJOY!)
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To: RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; sorrisi; MrSparkys; monafelice; ...
Connecticut ping!

Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent Connecticut ping list.

14 posted on 06/22/2005 3:51:49 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: dakine
All those years of video games payed off....

When I took my introductory flight (and subsequent lessons for private license) - after a few years of flight sim on my PC - I actually found real flying, particularly landings to be easier than the flight sims! And my training was in a Piper Tomahawk, which one actually has to fly - as opposed to a Cessna, which practically flies itself.

Of course, 'results may vary', as the small print always advises.

15 posted on 06/22/2005 3:57:24 PM PDT by IonImplantGuru (June! It's bustin' out all over... ENJOY!)
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To: IonImplantGuru

I was only half-kidding...There are simulators for weapons training used by the military that are just "big ol' video games"...


16 posted on 06/22/2005 4:01:14 PM PDT by dakine
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To: IonImplantGuru
Before the Chicago politicians closed it down, I had an opportunity to fly into Meigs Field. After spending untold hours "playing with" the early MS simulator (departing Meigs and flying smoke trails around the Sears Tower), the sense of Deja Vu was intense!!
17 posted on 06/22/2005 4:31:10 PM PDT by TXnMA (Iraq & Afghanistan: Bush's "Bug-Zappers"...)
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To: IonImplantGuru; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; ...

18 posted on 06/22/2005 5:00:45 PM PDT by Aeronaut (2 Chronicles 7:14.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

A man can't just sit around and do nothing.


19 posted on 06/22/2005 5:02:29 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: IonImplantGuru

I found the same thing to be true when I took my training in a Beech T-tail.


20 posted on 06/22/2005 5:05:21 PM PDT by investigateworld ( God bless Poland for giving the world JP II & a Protestant bump for his Sainthood!)
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To: AlexW
it would take an act of God

What is the saying "God looks out for fools, drunks, and student pilots"

Two out of three I guess.

21 posted on 06/22/2005 5:06:54 PM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: dljordan
He had flown from Florida and was on his way to Indiana.

I worked as a line boy (airport gas pump jockey) for several years, and I've been around airports as a mechanic, flight instructor, jump plane pilot, banner tow pilot, and aircraft owner since the 70's.

I can categorically say that I've never seen anyone fly an airplane that I knew had been drinking. Obviously it happens, but I've never witnessed it, even from the hangar where they had beer in the pop machine. It never delivered it's first beer until after the aircraft had landed and the chairs got pulled out.

22 posted on 06/22/2005 5:10:01 PM PDT by narby (There are Bloggers, and then there are Freepers.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

This is allegedly a story. /sarcasm


23 posted on 06/22/2005 5:12:57 PM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: scheuber
If convicted (felony) he can forget going that route.
24 posted on 06/22/2005 5:14:44 PM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: Dashing Dasher
This is bizarre - I thought it was a repost from this news story - but no - it's ANOTHER one!

Both stories from AP. Someone has an agenda. David Rockefeller recently ran the AOPA witness at a House meeting over the coals. He said something to the effect that "he worried about all those 18000 airports", meaning he thought all of them were terrorist threats and he intended to do something about it.

My bet is that these articles made the AP on his agenda.

David Rockefeller is a threat to aviation and our freedom to travel in our own aircraft.

25 posted on 06/22/2005 5:15:29 PM PDT by narby (There are Bloggers, and then there are Freepers.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Your link had the 14 y/o that stold a plane and landed it safely (the first time). Unfortunatle the kid tried it a second time and was not so lucky.


26 posted on 06/22/2005 5:17:51 PM PDT by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: narby

He must be destroyed!


27 posted on 06/22/2005 5:29:09 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Jun 22, 1909 The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA, after 23 days.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Westchester authorities said it appeared that Patricio may work as a part-time mechanic at the Danbury airport

I think this line can safely be amended to read formerly worked as a part-time mechanic at the Danbury airport.

28 posted on 06/22/2005 5:38:47 PM PDT by Drew68 (IYAOYAS! Semper Gumby!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
D-U-M-B ... and lucky he didn't win a Darwin ....
29 posted on 06/22/2005 5:41:57 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck (In the battle of the sexes, if there's a battle there won't be any sex)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Wow...he could have done real damage if he had been driving a SUV...


30 posted on 06/22/2005 5:45:55 PM PDT by tubebender (Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional)
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To: tubebender
We don't "drive" SUVs.
We just sit in them and they go crazy and attack things - like hybrid cars and Laundromats!

It's like UFOs and crop circles - completely unexplainable!!!



/sarc
31 posted on 06/22/2005 5:49:40 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Jun 22, 1909 The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA, after 23 days.)
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To: mhking

Just Damn! alert


32 posted on 06/22/2005 6:14:40 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

33 posted on 06/22/2005 6:17:57 PM PDT by mhking (The world needs a wake up call gentlemen...we're gonna phone it in.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

34 posted on 06/22/2005 7:01:47 PM PDT by Chuckster (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoset)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
MS Flight Simulator has always been outstanding.

If anything, it was difficult for me to learn how to fly VFR in real life, after years of IFR training with the simulator software.

For someone who has learned how to flying simulators, this does not surprise me at all.

Simulators are that real!

35 posted on 06/22/2005 7:10:16 PM PDT by Hunble (Retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Drunk...not a pilot...4:30 in the morning...unlit airport...and he landed, everybody walked away, and the plane wasn't damaged.

God really does look out for fools.

}:-)4


36 posted on 06/22/2005 7:27:27 PM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: dljordan
A few years back late one night, there was a small single engine Piper Cub dive bombing my apartment complex. It was a sight to behold, the guy was diveboming the apartment complex. I'm estimating his lowest altitudes were less than 200'. Close enough that I would've been able to make out the tail numbers if the stinkin' plane remained stationary long enough. Based on the maneuevers the plane was going through, he was shaking off enemy fighters and accomplishing his mission. I called the cops.

They didn't know what to do with me. I told them that the guy was coming way below minimums over a residential area and I pointed out the thing about the tail numbers. Well, the cop wanted to know the tail number and they'd track the guy down. O.k., I'd see what I could do. No dice. They guy wouldn't remain still long enough for me to get 'em. Or he'd disappear behind a building and then zoom up to 8000' feet, and then launch another dive bombing run.

So I called the cops back. The cop is adamant he needs the registration number or he won't be able to do anything, and nobody else had reported anything. Just then, while we were on the phone, I heard this big boom. "You heard a big boom?", he asks, "Any idea in what direction and how far away it was?" Before I could answer, I heard on the other end some intense conversation. The cop then tells me that he has to go now, "Something just came up. You may hear about it on the news." and hangs up. Less than a minute later I hear a whole bunch of sirens (like every single emergency vehicle in the state).

Turns out, the plane was being piloted by an off duty cop and his copper buddy, both of them sheets to the wind (~0.25). The cop pilot was a pilot and from what investigators could figure, he decided that he was going to park the plane in the garage. An open garage attached to a house about 3/4 miles north from my apartment. He parked that plane perfectly in the garage too may I add. If memory serves correctly, the newspaper article reported that he had bragged to people about his flying skills and that he could do just that, "park a plane in a garage with only a runway as long as a driveway."

The firefighters were able to put the fire out pretty quickly, and none of the house's occupants were injured. But the garage was a total loss.

37 posted on 06/22/2005 8:55:48 PM PDT by raygun
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To: Dead Dog
"What is the saying "God looks out for fools, drunks, and student pilots"


Well, not always.
I had a friend that took off in a 172 late one night, to go visit some girl. I understand that he had consumed a fifth of rum.
It was over a year before they found his wreckage (Mississippi)

I have had three airplanes in my life, and always observed the rule of "24 hours from bottle to throttle"
38 posted on 06/22/2005 11:46:05 PM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

For those of you who don't know the area, Danbury airport is strictly for private aircraft: there are no regularly scheduled flights. Westchester airport has both private planes and several airlines that fly from there direct to Boston, Toronto, DC, Chicago, Detroit, etc. But Westchester (HPN) is a pretty small airport, and it's normally closed at night because it is in a residential area. At least, regular airlines don't land there in the middle of the night. The two airports are about 30 miles apart I guess, maybe even less as the crow flies.


39 posted on 06/23/2005 3:51:50 AM PDT by Koblenz (Holland: a very tolerant country. Until someone shoots you on a public street in broad daylight...)
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To: raygun

That's a great story. We used to get calls from the folks in Belle Meade, a very rich neighborhood, about aircraft buzzing their houses. Some of the guys at the airport were buzzing their friends houses and we knew who they were. We consistently told the callers "yes ma'am, we are tracking them on radar". We didn't even have a radar. I wasn't about to call the FAA as these guys were professional pilots whom I knew personally and weren't even flying that low.


40 posted on 06/23/2005 6:35:16 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: raygun; Dashing Dasher

So, can a Piper Cub divebomb and then scoot back up to 8000 feet? (rhetorical question /off)

My (limited) Cub time was somewhat more sedate.

More seriously, people who horse around in airplanes like this make the vast majority of GA pilots look bad, and it's not right. Like that clown who shut down DC last month. Sheesh. I was glad to see AOPA come out with that full-page ad in USA Today saying so.


41 posted on 06/23/2005 5:26:58 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: bootless; Dashing Dasher; dljordan

In retrospect, I'm beginning to think it was maybe a Cessna. And I distinctly remember seeing the registration number boldly printed on the aft fuselage. I just could never get a fix on it to read it. Based on the Skyhawk's climb rate, that's about right. Defintely up to about 8000' and then over, to every bit of 100'. The guy seen me standing there staring at him too. And boy was he sharp, because he'd veer away and the building would obscure him. I'd back up to minimise the obscuration by the building, and catch sight of him again, and then he'd bank off and then climb until he was a dot. Then he'd make off like he was flying away, and next thing you know you could hear the drone of that engine coming in from high above. After some acrobatic maneuvers, I swear the decent was just about vertical and he'd pull out in the absolute last second. If I was the guy in the passanger seat I'd have soiled my pants in every way possible for sure. And this was going on at like 2 A.M.


42 posted on 06/23/2005 6:23:50 PM PDT by raygun
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To: bootless; raygun

I spoke with Phil Boyer about the idiot who flew over the White House in a 152. They intercepted him and brought him back to Frederick - which is where the AOPA (& Boyer) is based. Phil was so pissed off - he said that this idiot ruined about a year of work that the AOPA had done.

Then - the 14 year old who stole the 152 and now this drunk kid who stole a 172.

It's like an epidemic of idiots.

PS... I fly VERY agressively and have never had a Cub UP to 8000 feet. Cubs are happiest at 100-500' AGL.


43 posted on 06/23/2005 6:25:16 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher ( What was the best thing before sliced bread?)
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To: Dashing Dasher

As I indicated, I'm thinking now it proabably wasn't a Cub. Moreover, this happened anywhere from 10 to 18 years ago.


44 posted on 06/23/2005 6:41:14 PM PDT by raygun
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To: raygun

Sorry - I'm so sick of the GA hunt. It's ridiculous.

Probably something that hasn't been disclosed is the Democrat's Smear Campaign on General Aviation - to enhance the idea of User Fees for Private Aircraft.

It's coming..... and they are already fighting us....


45 posted on 06/23/2005 6:43:02 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher ( What was the best thing before sliced bread?)
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To: raygun

Well, first of all, the pilot of that plane was an idiot.

But I have not known Skyhawks to have that kind of climb performance either. :-) They're kind of anemic in the climb performance department. Was it high wing or low wing?

Sorry this mope ruined your day and made good pilots look bad.


46 posted on 06/24/2005 12:10:25 AM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
when an airport security car met the four-seat Cessna at 4:15 a.m. and the plane doors opened, a significant number of beer cans spilled to the ground.

I treasure those particular words strung together like that. Hee.

47 posted on 06/24/2005 12:13:06 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Skylune

All of the taxes that we pay on our airplanes, the registration, local area taxes, sales tax, gas taxes, etc - NONE of it goes to our airports!!!!

We fund Schools and play grounds and stuff that we never use.

So, when the airports need improvements - the FAA picks up the tab. If you want to change that - then give us back our $$$ that we pay for everything else and we'l self fund our airport improvements instead of the stupid schools and playgrounds - WHICH by the way - I DON'T USE!

PS... if you don't want to pay for airports - next time - take Amtrak or Greyhound to Hawaii.


49 posted on 06/30/2005 2:48:10 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Then they came for me and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.)
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