Chinese Teenager Caught Stealing Two Planes for a Joyride Has Now Been Offered Flying Lessons
A 13-year old boy in eastern China has reportedly been fined for stealing two planes and taking them on a joyride at a local airport.
But there is a small silver lining: Airport staffs were so impressed by his skill that he will soon be taking lessons from a pilot.
Surveillance cameras showed him piloting an amphibious aircraft worth 1,880,000 yuan and crashing it into a nearby guardrail.
He was then shown hopping into another aircraft and taxiing it round in circles before abandoning the plane and leaving the airfield.
Authorities have also imposed a fine of 2,000 yuan and given him a strict warning. But pilots are so impressed by the boy’s skills, that he says he picked up from observing maintenance and repair work on these planes just a day before, that they have now offered to give him flying lessons and train him as a proper pilot. “We pilots all admired him,” the SeaRey base director told South China Morning Post.
He was caught on CCTV arriving by electric bike at the Taihu Lake hangar in eastern Zhejiang province around midnight on 15 July.
So even as some people feel that this is an example of bad airport security and worse parenting abilities, it looks like some clouds do have a silver lining.