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Old 7th May 2008, 23:13
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Helicopter Stolen

Seems someone stole a Kiowa Helicopter from Bankstown, Sydney Australia.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/video.aspx?v ... 1d536a9e90

Detectives have been left scratching their heads after two thieves broke into a hangar at Bankstown airport and flew off with a $350,000 helicopter.


The chopper, an ex-Canadian military Bell Kiowa, was discovered missing by its owner Leia Colbert when she went to inspect it during the weekend.

Forensic police dusted the hangar for fingerprints but there was no sign of forced entry with the locks still intact.

The chopper, last inspected one month ago and one of only a handful in Australia, is up for sale.

Other pilots at Bankstown Airport said the helicopter was probably flown out at night when the air traffic control tower was unmanned.

Ms Colbert inherited the aircraft from her father Damien, who died three years ago when an aerobatic display went wrong over Narrabeen.




What the hell would you do with a Stolen Helicopter? Duhhh

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Old 7th May 2008, 23:23
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What the hell would you do with a Stolen Helicopter? Duhhh
Robbing someone or springing someone from jail are 2 ideas which spring to mind...
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Old 8th May 2008, 00:01
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It's probally in a container right now, on its way to a country with far less regulation. An inside job?
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Old 8th May 2008, 02:38
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It was recovered in Taree: http://www.livenews.com.au/Articles/...vered_in_Taree
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Old 8th May 2008, 03:09
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UH OH! Took off while the control tower was closed.....now they are in for it!
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G'day mate. A question for all ya Aussies out there ...

Is the owner of the stolen chopper Leia Colbert any relation of Leigh Colbert, the ex-footie star for Geelong and later the Roos ?

Is it just a mere coincidence of names ? He's an aviator too.
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Old 8th May 2008, 16:24
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Interesting, I heard only yesterday about a possible "theft" of a Bell 206 Jet Ranger from a U.K. airfield. I think the attempt was thwarted and the heli is safe. My understanding was that it was an international purchase scam.

I am being purposefully vague because it might be confidential. I guess the answer is lock your helis and disable them too!!

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Old 8th May 2008, 20:18
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Devil

Worth more as dodgy spare parts all over the Globe...............
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Weird, I wonder what the intent was?
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Old 8th May 2008, 22:40
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Channel Nine reporter Shaun Fewings has told 2GBs Ray Hadley the helicopter must have been taken by a qualified pilot.
First class investigative journalism, that!

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Old 9th May 2008, 03:22
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Agree with ya baffler15!!!

Makes we wonder why the pilot dumped the machine in Taree though...

Why bother taking it at all...me thinks more to this than a mere stolen helicopter...
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Old 9th May 2008, 04:18
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I wonder if the pilot/thief gets to log the hours
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Old 9th May 2008, 15:01
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One tank of gas, Bankstown to Taree. And the surf was up.
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Old 10th May 2008, 06:17
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"Spring someone from jail......?"

Dear Bravo73, are you seriously suggesting that there are criminals in Australia? In prison? That is a foul slur Sir, shame on you!! Cheers bm
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Old 10th May 2008, 13:36
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Taken from here found there........

I wonder what happened in the middle?


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Old 11th May 2008, 19:10
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G'day mate. A question for all ya Aussies out there ...

Is the owner of the stolen chopper Leia Colbert any relation of Leigh Colbert, the ex-footie star for Geelong and later the Roos ?

Is it just a mere coincidence of names ? He's an aviator too.
I believe the owner and therefore father was Damian Colbert who had a mishap in a Nanchang over water some years back. R.I.P.
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Thanks, I was aware of that from the head of the thread : "Ms Colbert inherited the aircraft from her father Damien, who died three years ago when an aerobatic display went wrong over Narrabeen."

Probably just a coincidence of names. Apologies to all.
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Old 12th May 2008, 09:11
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This seems odd to me... why would anyone qualified or not correctly prepare and fly a helicopter, Bankstown to Taree... run out of juice and dissapear without a trace..!

Would they not have the intent to reuse, part out or so with it?

How could someone unknown land a helicopter at Taree depart and blend into the comunity and get back wherever, someone would have had to collect them

Wouldnt any halfwit put it in a remote shed... like its stolen you want it to dissapear

Would somone ex pilot that wanted to get it out their system try such a stunt?

Is their any chance they arnt licenced and read the 206 manuals online? Home simulator with a good setup practice... With the games out where you steal helicopters and fly them, I wouldnt be supprised

Anyhow im in Australia down south and cant believe its been pulled off, any other incidents anyone knows of where a helicopter has been taken?

As a kid i had dreams of being invisable and taking helicopters from the local helipad for my own use... Just loved to be around them

Thanks Simon
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Old 12th May 2008, 11:56
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mate, have ye ne'er met any of your half displaced countrymen????

i think that a bit of hooliganism should be part of most people's make up, especially drivers of the rotary variety. bloody boring otherwise.

And to prove it,

And the surf was up.
I guess that puts to bed the theory that we are all a bunch of "rheumy eyed introv----" etc.

where did he (or she) get the surfboard from, 'Apocalypse Now'??
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Old 13th May 2008, 04:59
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Kinda Makes ya feel all warm and fuzy about our increased security at airports! don't bother attempting to get on board an aircraft...Just steal yer self a Helicopter LOL
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