Teens Arrested After LSA Joyride

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Two adolescent boys, aged 14 and 15, were arrested Thursday in Utah after allegedly taking a light sport aircraft for a Thanksgiving joyride. The duo, who police say had earlier made off with a tractor, took the aircraft from a private airstrip in Jensen in the northeast corner of Utah. They reportedly got it airborne and flew at least 32 miles west along Interstate 40 before turning around and landing successfully at the municipal airport in Vernal. They were arrested at the airport.

The boys walked away from a group home in the Salt Lake City area and were staying with friends in Jensen, about 200 miles east. They got the tractor going and drove it to the private airstrip. They are facing a lot of charges and are being held at a juvenile detention center. There has been no mention of whether either of them has had any flight training or experience.

Comments (5)

Usually, this type of incident ends with a fatal crash. Looks like the teenage pilot landed without any damage. With the coming pilot shortage, a pilot training program for the boys is in order, of course after a little juvenile jail time.

Posted by: Christopher Lawrence | November 24, 2018 5:30 PM    Report this comment

I'm sure they had "Microsoft Flight Sim experience. They didn't need to stay at a Holiday Inn Express.

Posted by: Roger Mullins | November 25, 2018 10:02 AM    Report this comment

Proof positive that 20 hours IS sufficient flight time to get a LSA license, too

If I were the judge, they'd be picking up trash along the entire 32 miles of road they flew along for 30 days. Thankfully, they're still around to brag about what they did.

Posted by: Larry Stencel | November 25, 2018 1:19 PM    Report this comment

US Route 40, not "Interstate 40"

Posted by: CRAIG PAYNE | November 26, 2018 10:38 AM    Report this comment

Airplane thieves, bah. Lock'em up for a few years and ban them from ever being pilots / flight training.

Posted by: Joe Servov | November 27, 2018 1:29 PM    Report this comment

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