He flew a Cessna from a training school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, entering American airspace where he was tailed by two by US jet fighters which tried to force him to land.
The man, Adam Dylan Leon, “spent hours on computerized flight simulations in his living room,” says the Toronto Star.
He was also planning a cross-Canada solo flight, says the story.
He’s being held by American immigration officials in Missouril, says The National, going on:
“Officials claim the man flew across three American states with the hope that he would be shot down by the military fighter jets that were sent to chase him.”
The Ottawa Citizen says according to Sergeant Dale Moreland, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the airplane wasn’t stolen and that “Leon had access to the airplane at Confederation College Aviation Centre where he was a student pilot.”
Toronto Star – April 8, 2009
The National – Pilot of stolen plane hoped U.S. fighter jets would shoot him down: police, April 7, 2009
Ottawa Citizen – Ont. student pilot charged after air chase, April 7, 2009
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