For those who saw today’s AvWebFlash story, “John and Martha King Held at Police Gunpoint (Really),” I have just learned that the airplane in which they were detained (based on an N-number erroneously tagged as stolen), is the same one for which Cessna’s Jim Pitman was detained after he picked it up new at the factory in 2009! (See my June, 2009 Flying Carpet column, “Nabbed.”)
Photo: Jim Pitman (left) with Wichita airport police and the 2009 Cessna 172 in which he (and now the Kings, in Santa Barbara) were detained due to an erroneously tagged N-number.
PS: Read a more detailed account of the Kings’ ordeal at AOPA Online.
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