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Compton/Woodley Airport plane almost stolen by student pilot

A map indicates the location of Compton/Woodley Airport, where a student pilot attempted to steal an airplane on Friday, April 20, 2012.

April 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A student pilot was arrested after he tried to steal an airplane from Compton/Woodley Airport.

Sheriff's officials said 25-year-old Troy Long of Bellflower attempted to steal the two-seat Cessna 152 on Friday. Authorities say Long entered the airport office and began taking keys for airplanes. He then pulled a gun on airport workers when they tried to stop him.

He got into the Cessna and started the engine, but he was stopped from going anywhere by a chain connecting the plane to the tarmac.

Deputies arrested Long and turned him over to the FBI, who booked him on suspicion of aircraft piracy.