Plane Crashed In Northwest Fresno Was Stolen, Owner Says - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Plane Crashed In NW Fresno Was Stolen, Owner Says

Posted: Updated:
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

There wasn't much left of the 1980 Cessna as crews hauled it away from a Northwest Fresno canal Monday after it crashed Sunday afternoon.

The plane's owner, Felix Boston, tells KMPH News that FAA officials told him it had been a long time since they'd seen a plane that was so destroyed on impact.

"It was sad. For six years, that's been my baby. You coddle it. You wash it. You put new leather interior in it. That's your baby," Boston said.

But someone else wanted it to be their baby.

"I parked the airplane after we did an annual last Friday at 1 p.m. Then I went out to go fly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and no airplane," Boston said.

A day later, about 180 miles south of Concord, where the plane had been parked, Tom Macedo was turning on the Super Bowl in his Northwest Fresno home.

"All of the sudden the power snaps off and I'm thinking, what is this? What's going to happen?" Macedo said.

What had already happened was Boston's 1980 Cessna slammed into a nearby canal.

The pilot was killed on impact.

"Apparently, the guy took it probably Friday night. He changed the tail numbers on it, we still haven't figured out why because we thought there might be drugs. But the drug dog didn't find any drugs in it," Boston said.

The pilot's name has not been released.

We do know he stopped at a Walmart in Stockton before the crash to load up on junk food.

"This guy, they said he had prison tattoos all over him and he was on parole. But they couldn't find a pilot's certificate for him," Boston said.

"I see a lot of low–flying aircraft out here. There's enough low–flying aircraft out here, that if somebody doesn't know what they're doing, they're asking for trouble," Macedo said.

Reduced to rubble, Felix Boston's beloved Cessna 172 has now been grounded for good.

"It's just so sad to see somebody steal it and crash it like this. It's a shame that he lost his life. But I lost my airplane," he said.

A cause for the crash has not been released yet.

Felix Boston tells KMPH News the man flying couldn't have run out of gas, because the plane still had gas in its tank.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Wildfire Near Yosemite Balloons to 2,100 Acres, Forces Road Closures

    Wildfire Near Yosemite Balloons to 2,100 Acres, Forces Road Closures

    A fire is burning near Yosemite National Park right now, threatening homes and forcing road closures.The fire started Saturday around 4:30 p.m. and now covers 500 acres.It is burning in the Merced Canyon, and has been named the “El Portal Fire.”The U.S. Forest Service reports that six homes have been evacuated, but more evacuations have been ordered to the town of Foresta, east of El Portal.The fire is moving in a North and East direction.So far, it has ordered the closure of Highway 120, bet...More >>
    A fire is burning near Yosemite National Park right now, threatening homes and forcing road closures.The fire started Saturday around 4:30 p.m. and now covers 500 acres.It is burning in the Merced Canyon, and has been named the “El Portal Fire.”The U.S. Forest Service reports that six homes have been evacuated, but more evacuations have been ordered to the town of Foresta, east of El Portal.The fire is moving in a North and East direction.So far, it has ordered the closure of Highway 120, bet...More >>
  • Clovis Police Van Recovered, Man Under Arrest

    Clovis Police Van Recovered, Man Under Arrest

    A man is now under arrest after Clovis Police say he stole one of the department’s vans Saturday night, and abandoned it a short time later. Police say the man took off around 9:00 p.m., and dumped it a short time later in the area of Ashlan and Thompson.So far, no details have been released on how the vehicle was taken.For the following hour, police canvassed a large area, from Ashlan to Dakota, and Thompson to McCall.Officers caught up withthe manaround 10:30 p.p.m.aK9 officer detained the ...More >>
    A man is now under arrest after Clovis Police say he stole one of the department’s vans Saturday night, and abandoned it a short time later. Police say the man took off around 9:00 p.m., and dumped it a short time later in the area of Ashlan and Thompson.So far, no details have been released on how the vehicle was taken.For the following hour, police canvassed a large area, from Ashlan to Dakota, and Thompson to McCall.Officers caught up withthe manaround 10:30 p.p.m.aK9 officer detained the ...More >>
  • Customer Steals Parts While Bike Shop Owner Repairs His Bike

    Customer Steals Parts While Bike Shop Owner Repairs His Bike

    A customerdecided to help himself to bike parts atFulton Cycle Works in downtown Fresno while the ownerwas busy repairing his bicycle. The burglary was caught on the owner's security cameras. The owner Darren Johnson called the thief a semi-regular customer. "It' hurts, it hurts. I take it personal because I have to trust people in this spot to kind of be on their honor."Johnson says the thief helped himself to a pair of gloves, bike grips and a set of tires. He brought a second bike to the s...More >>
    A customerdecided to help himself to bike parts atFulton Cycle Works in downtown Fresno while the ownerwas busy repairing his bicycle. The burglary was caught on the owner's security cameras. The owner Darren Johnson called the thief a semi-regular customer. "It' hurts, it hurts. I take it personal because I have to trust people in this spot to kind of be on their honor."Johnson says the thief helped himself to a pair of gloves, bike grips and a set of tires. He brought a second bike to the s...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.