Skip to comments.CNN: Man Held in Custody at Frederick, MD Airport, Re: D.C. Plane Scare
Posted on 05/11/2005 10:09:33 AM PDT by kristinn
CNN's Kelly Arena reports that one man is being held by Maryland State Police at an airport in Frederick, MD. The police are waiting for federal authorities to arrive on the scene.
The man is said to be the pilot of the small aircraft that triggered an evacuation of government buildings in downtown Washington when he reportedly violated restricted airspace.
Frederick, MD. is located about an hour northwest of Washington, D.C. along the I-270 corridor.
Pilot is registered in Pennsylvania. Smallest Cessna...a two seater, according to FNC.
In further developments, after seeing the fighter escort to take him to the airport, the pilot's first request upon landing was for a fresh set of undershorts....
Golly, I hope there's no racial profiling going on. Because that would be, like, bad.
You know where in PA? I live near a small airport--wonder if the moron is from there!
Isn't that the 2nd or 3rd time recently? May be testing the reaction or setting the stage so that we aren't as caeful in the future, like crying wolf.
CNN now showing live video, courtesy of Fox D.C. affiliate WTTg, of the Cesna 150 on the ground at the Frederick airport. It is surrounded by what looks like a Blackhawk helicopter and Maryland State police cars and other vehicles. Several people seen standing near the plane.
Chuckle. Reported "warning shots" from the F 18's. I'd need new shorts, pants, shoes, socks and a new seat for the aircraft....
May have been a test probe by either the good or bad guys.
Is anyone else annoyed that the press keeps pointing out how small it is, with the unspoken assumption that it could do little damage?
What if the thing was carrying a little ebola, or a nuke?
"Nope. I can't get my hands of the wheel!" Just like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...fingers dug into the dash.
Jaws of life just to pry the fingers loose....
I hope this was just someone that made an innocent mistake, and got the scare of a lifetime.
I just did a background check on the Cessna that was intercepted based on the N number on the tail.
It looks like the plane was rented.
Serial Number 15071326
Type Registration Corporation
Manufacturer Name CESSNA
Certificate Issue Date 03/27/1997
Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Single-Engine
Type Engine Reciprocating
Pending Number Change None
Date Change Authorized None
Mode S Code 51700207
MFR Year None
Fractional Owner NO
Name VINTAGE AERO CLUB
Street 311 AIRPORT DR
Zip Code 17576
Country UNITED STATES
You can check for yourself here: http://18.104.22.168/acdatabase/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=5826G
According to FOX the guy ignored radio warnings. Turned out of restricted airspace after flares were fired and then turned back toward the capital.
To me this sounds deliberate. Probably some left wing nutjob.
Man in handcuffs being led to MD. State Police cruiser. Looks to be caucasian. Wearing shorts, sneakers and shirt. Being put in front seat of car. Guy looks to be under 40.
Is he islamic?
Wasn't that the home of the Chemical and Biological Warfare development?
Fox 5 in DC just said "Smoketown, PA" Wherever that is.
I didn't hear where in PA, pa mom.
From kristinn description in post #17, you may be on to something.
Yeah. I say he walks. Some leftie terrorist sympathizer will take his case and the terrorists will consider it to be a test.
Cessna 150 is what I heard it was, that model is used a lot for training
Was the Governor of Kentucky on board?
In other words, there was an evacuation outside of the White House.
Maybe he was drunk. We had a guy here in PA who was flying drunk and almost had a mid-air collision. His newly-dried-out butt is now in jail.
Post #20 confirms your investigation.
Thanks, as I suspected, Freepers were on it. Someone found the registration and posted it. Gotta love 'em!
Anyone can be Islamic. Did he look like he was from the Middle East? Hard to tell. He had brown, curly hair as best as I could tell.
Here is somemore information regarding the plane.
Cessa Tail Number: N5826G
FAA Registry -- N-Number Inquiry
Nationality? Is he 'swarthy'?
He was still trying to figure out how the radio work when he approached DC. He knew to stay away from the district but had wandered over some other no-fly zone in the process.
A shadow fell over him and he looked up to see the underbelly of an A-10 Warthog, another was postitioned beneath him.
He finally found the right freq and made haste out of the no fly zone.
not my friend's bird, but the same model
Yep. Idiot at WH press conference asks, 'What does it say about our country that we can be rattled by a Cessna?'
In which case he goes to Gitmo for a little while, in Laz's Perfect World.
LOL! But couldn't they load it with something deadly? Or have I been watching too much 24?
And if this were 24, this all would have been a distraction while something more sinister was occurring.
It's not the plane - IT'S THE CARGO!!!
If it was carrying those things, I doubt it would have flown back to the airport; probably would have flown low to the ground so that when shot down it would distribute its contents over a wide area. Any pilot really bent on crashing into the White House would plan on possibly being shot down before reaching the target, IMO.
Glad this appears to be over. I was standing outside when the F-16's went over (I work 3 blocks from the White House). Knew somthing was up, leave it to Free Republic to have the most up-to-date info!
That's a beautiful aircraft.
DimocRAT operative...hired by "the Beast"
Wow, I didn't realize they were so itty-bitty.
Swarthistan denies that any of their citizens were flying Cessnas today.
From Yahoo for what it os worth: "A communications breakdown led federal officials to believe the plane might be targeting the Capitol, but it turned out to be carrying Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who had been cleared to fly into the area"
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