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Offline flyaxa

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Controller Talks Down Man who stole Plane from KVGT
« on: May 04, 2015, 09:32:13 AM »
Saw this on the news.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-allegedly-steals-plane-vegas-airport-controller-talks/story?id=30772670
Apparently a guy stole a plane from North Las Vegas airport and Tower Controller talked him down early Saturday morning, May 2. They mention LiveATC in the video news story but I didn't see a thread here. I found the pilot talking about felonies he's committed in archives KVGT-May-02-2015-0800Z-18:23, but I haven't really had time to check this out.



Offline adanto6840

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Re: Controller Talks Down Man who stole Plane from KVGT
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2015, 11:01:40 AM »
Anyone plan to put this one together perhaps?  :)

Offline TangoWhiskey

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Re: Controller Talks Down Man who stole Plane from KVGT
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2015, 05:45:30 PM »
Anyone plan to put this one together perhaps?  :)

It is now.  Spanned an hour and a half!  That took some time.  The friend he's talking to (comes on frequency landing about 1am local time) is hard to hear at times, but I left all the dialogue in.  This audio is time compressed.

I don't think it's a controller; it's another pilot (the affected guy's friend) who talks him down.  Might be an FBO owner or something, as the suicidal pilot stole one of his friend's Seminoles for this "adventure".

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/51480710/KVGT-May-02-2015-0800Z-0930Z%20suicidal%20talk%20down.mp3

The inbound pilot ("Tony", the friend that talks him down) is apparently a pilot at ATP, as the inbound aircraft at the beginning of the audio belongs to ATP:

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000256161.html

The pilot in the air stole this aircraft:

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000298607.html

I believe he was a student or instructor at ATP, as he references John Amico making his life hell for the past month and a half.

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-amico/23/8a2/53b
« Last Edit: May 08, 2015, 06:11:17 PM by TangoWhiskey »


Offline VASAviation

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Re: Controller Talks Down Man who stole Plane from KVGT
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2015, 02:38:57 AM »
Anyone could help with this for transcriptions? Via DM or mail, it'll be appreciated!

I'm working on a video about this...

Thanks so much for sharing guys! :wink:

Offline adanto6840

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Re: Controller Talks Down Man who stole Plane from KVGT
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2015, 02:31:19 PM »
Thank you very much!!