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Crime scene technicians have investigated the interior of the plane, and Moloney said there is no evidence that there were weapons or drugs on it.
"We've ruled out anything diabolical or sinister," he said. "We didn't find anything threatening on the plane."
The FBI is also investigating although the theft does not appear to be linked to terrorism, said Lisa Ray, spokeswoman at the Georgia Office of Homeland Security.
Originally posted by Dulcimer
I thought the airport was uncontrolled at the time, meaning there was basically nobody there. They also disabled the flight data recorder so that their path could not be traced.
They knew what they were doing and it is not a simple plane to fly.
Originally posted by kenshiro2012
Disabling the transponder would not prevent them from being spotted by the radars of the airtraffic controllers. Also by disabling the transponder would have / should have had everyone scrambling at the control towers. It has in the past when such aircraft "volated" airspace over / near DC.
[edit on 12-10-2005 by kenshiro2012]
The only reason I add the 9/11 hijack link is they would know the security of the airfield, prior knowledge
Gwinnett County police and FBI continued their investigation Tuesday, a day after airport employees found the jet. The crime solving appeared to be progressing slowly. A news report that Gwinnett police had identified a "person of interest" was unfounded, Gwinnett police spokesman Darren Moloney said.
According to Gwinnett police, Wolcott stole the charter jet sometime after it landed at the St. Augustine Airport last Saturday afternoon. He flew after nightfall and, apparently, under radar to Gwinnett, where he picked up five friends, police said.
Wolcott then flew his friends to Winder, Ga., in Barrow County, before heading back to land the plane at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, according to investigators. The aircraft was found abandoned Monday – about 400 miles from St. Augustine Airport.