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Published:October 11th, 2005 08:06 EST
No Flight Plan

No Flight Plan

By Sean Stubblefield

With all the attention and effort given to airport security for major airlines, have we negligently left the smaller airports vulnerable?

A cessna charter jet, owned by Pinnacle Aviation, reported stolen this past weekend from an airport in the St. Augustine, Florida area ended up at a Georgia airport. This is a private plane, and no flight plan was filed.

Monday, Gwinnett County/ Briscoe Field airport employees unexpectedly found the craft on their runway in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Investigation has not yet revealed who is responsible, or why the plane was taken, but there is no indication that it was related to terrorism, and no evidence that there was anything more illegal involved than theft. The plane would have landed some time between 9 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday, because their flight tower is in operation from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

I attempted to contact Pinnacle Aviation for comment, but was told the person I need to speak to was unavailable and could call me back.

The National Transportation Safety Board informs me that they only deal with crash issues, so this theft is out of their jurisdiction and a matter for police and F.B.I. officials.