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Reanimated35

1985 SeaWorld Helicopter hijacking

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First I've ever come across this. Bit of an interesting read.

http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/museum/2014/02/25/vault-eagle-farm-siege/

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...entered the Seaworld complex at the Gold Coast and arranged a four hour helicopter ride for his two children. As Petrovic has sold his trucking business just months before he easily covered the $2,000 flight fee. While in the air over Currumbin, Petrovic pulled a sawn-off shotgun on the pilot and demanded to be flown to a US airbase in Japan.

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It's ~7300km. I believe at the time Seaworld was using Bell 206 JetRangers. These things have a range of ~650km.

I mean if you're gonna hijack something, do the math first.

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There's a serious part of me that wonders if Sea World lost any money on that joy flight overall (including paying the pilot and flying the aircraft back from Brisbane). Seriously though, have a read if you haven't already. The thing about this story and others like it that I don't fully understand, is that this man didn't do this spontaneously in a fit of rage, he clearly planned before hand, with a somewhat level head in an attempt to win back his kids, did he really think it would work?

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