Pilot in allegedly stolen plane makes unscheduled landing at LAX

A man who allegedly made an unscheduled landing today at Los Angeles International Airport in a single-engine plane that had been reported stolen was arrested, police said.

Skye Turner, 23, landed the Cirrus SR22 airplane at LAX around 2:30 a.m., according to Laura Eimiller of the FBI and Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph.

``It was an unscheduled landing, and it was suspicious'' so airport police took the man into custody, Eimiller said.

Authorities contacted the registered owner of the aircraft, who said it had been stolen, Eimiller said.

The plane was reported stolen in San Diego, Joseph said.

Turner was booked on suspicion of theft of an aircraft and held on $20,000 bail, he said.

Investigators were trying to determine if any federal laws were violated, Eimiller said.

According to KTLA5, the plane was registered to SWT Aviation Inc., an aircraft brokerage firm based in Marietta, Ga.

Authorities do not believe terrorism was a motive in the incident, Joseph said.

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