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Small stolen plane lands at LAX; arrest made

February 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Police have arrested the pilot of a small plane that made an unscheduled landing at Los Angeles International Airport Friday at 3 a.m. Authorities say the plane, a Cirrus SR22, was stolen in San Diego. The plane is registered to SWT Aviation Inc., an aircraft brokerage firm based in Marietta, Georgia.

The suspect is identified as 23-year-old Skye Turner. The motive for the episode is still unknown. However, officials say they do not believe terrorism was involved.

Investigators say the pilot radioed air traffic controllers that he was coming in for a landing. LAX airport police said the pilot indicated he was disoriented and requested permission to land at LAX.

The pilot aborted his first landing attempt because he was coming in too fast. He landed safely on his second attempt, and was immediately taken into custody.

"Once arrested LAX P.D. referred to the FBI who questioned the suspect for any connections to terrorism, once no motive for terrorism was discovered, FBI turned over the investigation to the LAPD," said Los Angeles police officer Bruce Borihanh.

Turner is being held on $20,000 bail.