Pilot arrested after sneaking onto jet

Lloyd Doyle
September 24, 2018

Florida student jumps airport fence, tries to steal American Airlines passenger jet A student pilot has been arrested after he allegedly hopped a security fence, boarded and tried to steal an American Airlines passenger jet from the Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida.

At around 2 a.m., the student drove to the hangar when the A321 aircraft was parked, left his auto running, and boarded the plane.

That question is the first step in security protocol, according to Major League Baseball spokeswoman Lori Booker, if someone sees a person who appears out of place in any airport.

According to CNN, a maintenance supervisor and a technician were aboard the aircraft when one noticed a shadow behind him. "Show me your badge, '" Booker told news outlets. When the student approached the cockpit, the two men grabbed him and took him off the aircraft.

In a media release yesterday, Garcia said he spoke with Sankat's father, Professor Clement Sankat, former UWI principal and was told that the 22-year-old was depressed. His motive is not immediately known. Sankat, a student at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) where he is studying aviation management, is charged with unarmed burglary of an occupied conveyance, trespassing and grand theft of the aircraft.

No federal charges have been filed, though the FBI is investigating. "He was looking around, and I said, 'You're coming with me". It also quickly made worldwide headlines as media houses initially felt it may have been a possible terrorist threat, as he was only identified as a Trinidadian student who had had flight training and had entered into the United States from Canada.


The airport returned to normal after five hours, following a sweep of the airfield.

He was taken into custody by Melbourne police just minutes later.

In August, a similar - but ultimately fatal - incident occurred when a ground service worker stole a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and flew it for hours until he crashed on a small island. Authorities searched the red sedan with a robotic arm before towing it away around 7:30 a.m. Sankat's home also was searched, Gillespie said.

The American Airlines plane was in the maintenance center undergoing work on the Wi-Fi system.

"The only thing he said when he came on the plane was that he had his pilot license", Graves said. "We're obviously going to review all our security".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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