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Incident at FRA

Old 5th Jan 2003, 15:16
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'Hijack' incident at FRA

Just dropped on the wires.

REUTERS/GENFAX-SNAP15:14GMT
FRANKFURT AIRPORT CLOSED, BUILDINGS CLEARED AS STOLEN PLANE CIRCLES CITY-OFFICIAL
Hmm.

BC-GEN15:23GMT
Frankfurt airport closed as stolen plane circles
FRANKFURT, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Frankfurt airport was closed and tall buildings were evacuated on Sunday as a stolen light plane circled the city, Germany’s financial capital, officials said.
Gunther Schepky, head of traffic at Frankfurt airport, said there were no flights into or out of the airport as of 3:52 p.m. (1452 GMT) and that it was not known when flights could be resumed.
“The aircraft is circling round the centre of the city,” Schepky said.
REUTERS
REUTERS-GENFAX=SNAP15:28GMT
ARMED MAN IN FRANKFURT PLANE WANTS CONTACT WITH CNN-GERMAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
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URGENT
Stolen aircraft circling over German city of Frankfurt
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – An armed man stole a small airplane from an airfiled in western Germany Friday, and police said he was threatening to crash it in the city of Frankfurt.
Several skyscrapers in the country’s financial capital were evacuated as a precaution, and streets cleared in the city. A helicopter was pursuing the aircraft and trying to force it away from the city, Frankfurt police said.
MORE 051534 jan 03GMT
Plane over Frankfurt threatens to crash into ECB
FRANKFURT, Jan 5 (Reuters) – An armed man hijacked a light plane and circled Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt on Sunday while threatening to crash into the tower of the European Central Bank, the fire brigade said.
A spokesman for air traffic control said they saw no terrorist link to the hijacking of the aircraft, while Germany’s NTV television said the man had told them he did not want to kill anybody but himself.
A spokesman for air traffic control said the armed man forced a pilot to take off from Frankfurt’s Babenhausen airfield at 2:55 p.m. (1355 GMT) and had taken up contact with the Frankfurt airport tower, demanding to speak to CNN television.
CNN said it was a single-engine Cessna plane.

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"Stolen plane sows panic in Frankfurt" - bbc.

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Stolen plane sows panic in Frankfurt


A stolen plane is circling central Frankfurt, sowing panic in the west German city.
The light aircraft was stolen at gunpoint by an unknown person, the DPA news agency reported.

The police has evacuated high buildings, as terrorism has not been ruled out as a possible motive for the incident.

The airport has also been closed.

It is not known when flights will be resumed.

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Well it's not a Cessna 172 or a Cessna of any sort as is being reported. Low wing (long wings) with winglets. single engined, T - tail, 3 gears down.
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Can anyone read the registration from the Sky News footage?
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Its a powered glider....

He is, according to german radio news, alone in the plane...

His intention is to remind all of us of the victims of the shuttle Challenger crash, espiacially of the first jewish astronaut killed in that explosion
Remaining fuel should be used up at about 1630 utc

1618 utc . plane just landed safely at FRA airport....
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According to CNN it's a Diamond Eclipse. And it has now landed.

Would have been tricky to intercept in the air with anything faster than a helicopter.
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GEN-FAX16:17GMT
Hijacked plane lands at Frankfurt airport-police
FRANKFURT, Jan 5 (Reuters) – An armed man who hijacked a light plane and circled the skyscrapers of Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt has landed at the city’s airport, police said on Sunday.
The man had threatened to crash the plane into the tower of the European Central Bank, officials said. Police said they had detained the man after the plane landed.
A spokesman for air traffic control said the armed man forced a pilot to take off from Frankfurt’s Babenhausen airfield at 2:55 p.m. (1355 GMT).
The sight of an unauthorised plane flying among Frankfurt’s skyscrapers conjured up frightening images that recalled the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States involving hijacked planes.
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Quick flyby by a Heavy -400 in the landing configuration would've done the trick.
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A motorglider? The man has no class....
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D-KAZE how ironic!

Glad it ended without injury.
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Old 5th Jan 2003, 17:37
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Honestly - a nice clear day for a change and EVERYONE wants to go flying!!

The things that people do to get FRA in their logbook!!!


BBC News 24 Report has a German Correspondent saying that

"...he is flying good curves and has the strobes on..." Mitigating circumstances perhaps!?!?!?

And then the interviewer said how amazed she was that in the current security climate an aircraft could be hijacked....even from a small airport! BBC as ignorant as ever.
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Old 5th Jan 2003, 17:56
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Let's hope then that this isn't used as an excuse to put any unnecessary controls on GA airfields, or any witchhunt against those with a PPL.

Yes AlanM, it was a nice day up there for a change today, wasn't it.
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Frankfurt stolen a/c incident

looks like things continue to get worse in the world of aviation security.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...tolen_plane_15
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Aviation safety.

The guy seems like a complete pillock. Fancy trying to commit suicide, saying he did not intend to harm anyone.....but say he wants to aim for the European Central Bank in the downtown cityscape.

It makes me wonder if even security at smaller airports, such as Babenhausen, should be increased. Unfortunately I think it appears everywhere that an aeroplane sits, security must be at a max.


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Incident at Frankfurt

Have a look at this
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...tolen_plane_15

Interesting stuff!
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Tonic.....

How on earth are you EVER going to stop this TYPE of event.

You can take security to the n'th degree and if someone wants to court the media and even kill themself there are a million ways to do so.

Have you ever been to Babenhausen? How should security be increased there or any other small GA airfield?
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CNN has a somewhat more detailed report:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe...ecb/index.html
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NO I have not been there, and I do not nkow how to precent it. I do know I was passing comment.

Any ideas yourself sir?

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I have nothing against people passing comment - but I simply asked if you had been there and how security could/should be improved at this and other GA airfields

Any thoughts..?

Yes, security is everyones business......... but there is only SO much anyone can do.
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Intonation is the internets biggest problem!

Security will be solved when they get people 'doing' the job properly, and being 'told' to do the correct things.

I think it is that simple. Agree?

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