A 14-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after stealing a Cessna from the Fort Paine, Alabama, airport and taking it for a joyride. He took off and landed twice, but the last landing was too hard and the landing gear collapsed, damaging the plane.
The teenager was in the air for at least 30 minutes and had never flown a plane before. He received minor injuries from his rough landing. The keys had been left in the plane.
“We’ve never had a problem before with planes being stolen, so I guess we have been a little lax in our security,” said Larry Noble Cowart who owns the plane. The boy was charged with theft and taken to juvenile detention.