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Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on board

By sassyspy, Nov 23, 2011 | Updated: Nov 23, 2011 | | |
  1. sassyspy
    Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on board

    BROOKSHIRE, TEXAS—
    Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the unscheduled landing of a private plane carrying bundles of marijuana at Houston Executive Airport in Waller County.

    Investigators say the twin-engine plane made a rough landing and skidded off the airport runway around 7:15 p.m. Monday.
    Search crews could not find the pilot or any passengers, but they say they did find a large amount of marijuana on or near the plane.

    Deputies tell FOX 26 News the amount of marijuana would be considered too much for personal use.

    The plane is registered to a man in La Vernia, Texas, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.


    Ford AtkinsonFOX 26 News reporter
    11:56 a.m. PST, November 22, 2011

Comments

  1. Herbs&Hopes
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    So they just parachuted out? They should have thrown the weed out first....
  2. Großschmackhaft
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    They could not have landed the plane if they parachuted out beforehand...
  3. Q.Koomba
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    I guess there was even more of it on there and whoever landed the plane grabbed what he/they could carry and got the hell outta there. It's amazing that you can land a plan on an airport and make a getaway without being seeing or even caught on film by surveillance cams!
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    Man suspected of abandoning plane carrying marijuana load arrested near Houston

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas — Authorities have arrested a man they suspect was the pilot of a small plane abandoned at a small Southeast Texas airstrip with about 100 pounds of marijuana onboard.

    A Waller County Sheriff’s Office statement says deputies and federal Homeland Security agents arrested 33-year-old Barrington Carl Slack late Monday afternoon outside an Italian restaurant in the Houston suburb of Humble (UHM’-buhl).

    Slack was booked into the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, about 50 miles northwest of Houston. No bond has been set for the felony marijuana possession charge. Jail records list no hometown or attorney for Slack.

    The twin-engine plane was found abandoned Nov. 21 after landing and skidding off the runway at Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire in Waller County, about 35 miles west of Houston.


    By Associated Press,
    Published: November 28

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...near-houston/2011/11/28/gIQAg7YP6N_story.html
  5. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    I find it ironic that the byline on that story is Hempstead- presumably a town that grew cannabis for fiber in the old days...
  6. Euthanatos93420
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    They 'lost control' of the plane. Probably via Sattelite or some crazy ass military shit. They were probably too busy trying to regain control of the aircraft to think to dump it until they realized that it was a trap and bailed.

    Or it was shot down. A hit to the fuel tank would force them to cut their journey short by bailing as far away as autopilot could be sure to land. Sure the authorities will confiscate the dope and the plane and probably sell the plane at auction right back to the shipper. In the end their boss would probably prefer them not crash the plane since buying it back would probably be cheaper (and keep planes cheaper).
  7. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    Apparently not the first time:

    Suspect in pot flight had parachuted out of plane in Georgia before crash

    After the twin-engine plane he was flying skidded off the runway at Houston Executive Airport in Waller last week, pilot Barrington Carl Slack grabbed as much pot as he could carry from his onboard stash and made a run for it, authorities say.

    But the heavy bundles of marijuana slowed him down, so the 33-year-old former Marine dropped most of them, abandoning 100 pounds of pot on the airfield.

    "Just way too much for him to try to carry, but he gave it a good shot," said Chief Deputy John Kremmer of the Waller County Sheriff's Office.

    Unfortunately for Slack, he was in such a hurry to flee that he left behind personal papers and documents linking him to the aircraft, Kremmer said. Slack also was spotted by witnesses and caught on video camera.

    He was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday in the Humble area while leaving Carino's Italian Restaurant on FM 1960.

    This isn't the first time Slack's activities have attracted the interest of authorities in his home state of Georgia and elsewhere.

    "They've evidently got a pretty thick file on the guy for various reasons, drugs being some of it," Kremmer said.

    Slack previously parachuted out of another small plane, shortly before the single-engine Rockwell International 112-TC slammed into a field near Waynesboro, Ga., on Oct. 21, 2010.

    Slack told investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board that he had to bail out after the aircraft's directional controls stopped working, but an NTSB report on the crash found no evidence of any mechanical anomalies.

    The report notes that Slack had attended a sport parachuting school just four days before the crash in Georgia.

    He showed up wearing a military flight suit and boots, toting his own Softie emergency parachute. An instructor gave him ground orientation, and Slack performed a tandem jump with one of the school's instructors.

    When the instructor asked Slack why he needed an emergency parachute, Slack said he was a pilot flying L-39 jets out of Dobbins Air Force Base, "acting as the 'rabbit' for other Marine pilots to chase him around the sky and do the dog fights 'Top Gun' style of training," the instructor told investigators.

    "The only thing I thought strange was he had not gone to jump school and stated it was not required for the pilots," the instructor said. "... He also indicated during the conversation that the planes he was flying for the Marines did not have ejection seats and if he needed to get out, he would have to climb out."

    Maj. Shawn Haney of Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs told the Houston Chronicle Tuesday that Slack served as a Marine from 1997 to 2003, leaving with the rank of private first class.

    He was an anti-tank assaultman and marksmanship instructor, not a pilot, Haney said.

    Slack does have a private pilot certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, originally issued in 2009, but he is only licensed to fly single-engine aircraft, not a twin-engine plane like the one that crash-landed in Waller.

    Slack apparently ran into trouble in Waller on Nov. 21 while trying to land the plane with a tail wind, instead of following normal procedure and landing into the wind.

    That aircraft had been purchased a few weeks ago from an estate at auction, but never re-registered with the FAA. It is illegal to take off in a plane that isn't properly registered.

    The single-engine aircraft that crashed in Georgia in October 2010 was registered to Kalunji Aviation Group Ltd., which was incorporated under the state's laws in February 2010 and authorized to issue 100 shares. Carl Slack is listed as the registered agent, with an address on Hillandale Park Dr. in Lithonia, Ga.

    Three months ago, Kalunji Aviation was administratively dissolved for failure to file its annual registration.

    An FAA investigation could result in penalties for Slack, including suspension or revocation of his pilot's certification.

    He now is in Waller County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.



    By LINDSAY WISE, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-t...light-had-parachuted-out-of-plane-2303251.php
  8. Euthanatos93420
    Re: Plane full of pot makes unscheduled landing, no pilot or passengers found on boar

    That he is a former marine says a lot. Blackwater, etc.
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