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Stolen plane leads bizarre chase

U.S. F-16 jets follow man who hopped into plane in Thunder Bay and took off to Missouri.

A man flying a Cessna stolen from a Thunder Bay airfield led authorities and U.S. fighter jets on a bizarre chase through three states that ended with his capture in Missouri.

The FBI identified the pilot as Yavuz Berke, formerly known as Adam Dylan Leon, a 31-year-old naturalized Canadian citizen who was born in Turkey.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Marty Elmore says authorities took Berke into custody near Ellsinore in the southeastern part of the state.

Military officials say the four-seat Cessna 172 Skyhawk was stolen from Confederation College Aviation Centre of Excellence at Thunder Bay International Airport at about 3 p.m. yesterday.

Two F-16 fighters intercepted the plane, which flew erratically through three U.S. states and prompted the evacuation of the Wisconsin capitol.

Added: Apr-7-2009 
By: CrzyCanuk
Tags: stolen, plane, Canada, Missouri, F-16, scrambled
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