There are plenty of teenagers who attempt to run away from home, but the story of a 17-year-old California girl whose runaway attempt involved sneaking into a plane at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, starting an engine, and crashing it into a building is something else. Here’s more on that from KMPH, the Fresno Fox affiliate:
A 17-year-old girl is in custody after she got into an empty plane and crashed it into a building and fence, according to Fresno Yosemite International Airport officials.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday off the runway at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
According to the girl’s mother, her daughter ran away from home Tuesday night and hadn’t been seen since then. The mother says her daughter has never run away before.
Police at Fresno Yosemite International Airport say the 17-year-old got into a King Air 200 propeller-driven aircraft and was able to start one engine.
…The aircraft never became airborne and the aircraft sustained substantial damage, airport officials say.
Here’s some video the station put out on the incident:
The police, the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration and other authorities are investigating how this happened. But the most remarkable thing out of all this? The story, which mentions that the girl is now in custody for “theft of an aircraft,” also includes the line “The girl’s mother says her daughter doesn’t even know how to drive a car.”