Mom: Boy didn't steal plane in crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JASPER, Ala. (AP) -- The mother of a teen killed along with two friends in an Alabama plane crash says her son had his own key to the plane and had flown it many times.

Sherrie Smith says her 17-year-old son Jordan Smith was the one flying the plane that crashed in the Alabama woods. She says two other male teen friends also died in the crash.

Authorities have said they believed the plane was taken on a joy ride without the owner's permission.

But Smith says the owner of the plane had let him fly it many other times and had given her son his own key.


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  • by Coyote Location: Palisade on Jan 2, 2013 at 03:21 PM
    This Mother had better do her research ! If the Son is not on the Registration, or Title, and DID NOT have the Registered or Legal Owners EXPLICIT CONSENT to operate the Aircraft at the specific time / day, but having been GIVEN A KEY, or ACCESS to the Aircraft, THEN the Son is in fact Guilty of Joy Riding. A lesser form of Grand Theft. The Laws a written that way to PROTECT OWNERS from Liability where that explicit PERMISSION, AT THAT PARTICULAR instance had NOT BEEN CONVEYED / GIVEN. In other words, if it quacks like a Duck, and Walks like a Duck, IT'S A DUCK.
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