Sunday, July 14, 2013

SHOCKING PHOTO: Graffiti artists cause $100,000 damage to private jet at US airport

Imagine being lucky enough to own a Learjet Model 60 and finding out your US$2.3 million private jet had been vandalised by graffiti artists… talk about heart breaking!

That’s exactly what happened at Van Nuys Airport in the United States this week, where criminals broke into a secure area and spray-painted terms such as ‘R.I.P’ and ‘Flame’ on the fuselage.

In addition, there are some unidentified initials on the tail of the aircraft, which Los Angeles police believe are “gang related and gang initiated”.

I’ve included a photo of the Learjet on this page, plus there's a video report below… the damage will cost an estimated US$100,000 to repair.

An investigation has now been launched by Los Angeles Airport Police and the FBI, while meetings are also being held to ensure repeat incidents are prevented.

I’m not sure if that softens the blow for the Malibu-based aviation company that apparently owns the Learjet… probably not!

"This is a big deal to me, to have somebody who could get onto the airfield and who could do that kind of damage, that kind extensive graffiti to an aircraft, and not be seen," said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon. "I'm not happy about it."

What are your thoughts on the matter? Leave your comments below and don’t forget The Aviation Writer’s free newsletter has all the latest aviation news, photos and video – click here to sign-up and keep yourself updated!






50 comments :

  1. That is just sad to know you cant have nice things without idiots messing it up.

    ReplyDelete
  2. What the hell?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Juditha-Jade ParkinsonJuly 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I hope the ones who committed this crime once caught would be severely fined and would take time in prison. Nobody have witnessed while this plane was being vandalized? No camera in the premises? No security guards? It takes some time to do these graffitis... I'm just full of doubts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. His name is Nikko from LMK :. LOL

      Delete
  4. I don't think it was vandalized by strangers, it could have been the owner's kids or something...

    ReplyDelete
  5. Idiots, I tell you! What a shame. I used to work at one of out offices located at this airport & hated the drive to get there. The traffic was horrible & this area is not the best place. Seriously- till yip your windows & lock the doors. It's a wonder what this jet was doing there.... I hope they catch the thugs who did this.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hmmm where is the "security" of the airport!?!?!? I bet the administration of the airport will pay the 100.000!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. The airport security/airport operations are responsible for making sure that the perimeter of the airport is secure. They should be held accountable for not monitoring and overseeing that no one without proper access trespasses and damages a owners aircraft.

    ReplyDelete
  8. The airport should pay for the repairs, they failed to secure the airport.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Nice colour scheme!

    ReplyDelete
  10. What was the airport security doing when this hours long activity was taking place. I wonder...

    ReplyDelete
  11. I thought it looks quite good :-)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hang on, so I have to get naked in the terminal to get NEAR where a plane comes and goes in order to prove I'm not doing anything dodgy.

    Yet "somehow" these "punks" paint up a plane? What the crap? Lets change 'spray paint' for 'large explosive charges' are we still just 'annoyed at the breach' or should we be TERRIFIED at the breach?!

    ReplyDelete
  13. this would have taken less than 10 minutes

    ReplyDelete
  14. Michael WinaughtJuly 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Somebody is way overcharging for that repair. I can do it for a tenth of that price. Bring it to TYS.

    ReplyDelete
  15. "Shocking photo" Ive seen worse... And if no one wants the plane any more because its "ruined" send it my way... I like it the way it is.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Another nail in the coffin for aircraft enthusiasts. Idiots do the crime and aircraft enthusiasts suffer the consequences.

    ReplyDelete
  17. $100,000???? I smell lies. Granted i am not in the Plane buffing biz but can anyone please explain how this would possibly cost $100000 to clean?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe they have bumped up the cost for insurance reasons? An attempt to get more money from them? It does seem like a high figure!

      Delete
    2. It's called "FAA standards". That's what drives up the cost. You don't just paint it. Prepping an aircraft to be painted is very cost intensive.

      Delete
  18. Sadly, there are those who do not know the value of what it's like to earn something. These vandals are haters & ignorant. They should really educate themselves & see the world outside of their box. There's a lot more to life than ruining others' well being/investments/hard earned money. 

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. NOBODY WHO OWNS A PRIVATE JET GOT IT WITH "HARD EARNED MONEY"

      Delete
  19. Why would they choose to go to the extreme to break in to an airport and vandalize a plane? That's the height of pure wickedness. WOW. I hope they find these guys and beat them up in jail. But further more...where were the security guards who were suppose to be doing their job? Sleeping? Because it takes some time to do graffiti!!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Graffiti thugs would be more accurate label. This garbage is to art what rap is to music, a very bad joke. Like rap takes no musical talent to perform (JZ, Kanye, etc) this takes no artistic talent to produce. The word artist has lost it's meaning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Really? Lets see you do either...post a link

      Delete
  21. That Sucks!

    ReplyDelete
  22. If they remove the gang-specific parts, they should use this as their new livery. It might open new markets.

    (This is tongue-in-cheek, but I always look to see what kind of lemonade can be made with such lemons)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wish they'd stop calling vandals "artists".

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish "they" would stop calling artists vandels and btw,graff is an art, just because you dont like it or it is illeagal does not mean its not art

      Delete
  24. Welcome to Southern California! Our "enlightened" community leaders have classified this kind of activity not as vandalism, but as "art," even mounting exhibitions of such miscreant behavior -- at public expense, of course!

    ReplyDelete
  25. You know the fact that it's a private jet just paints me so many shades of happy. Finally a blow struck against the excessively rich by the lower class! I see people crying and complaining, "Send them to jail"...Yeah like that will do any good. Even if they never do it again, somebody else will. Things like this wont stop happening until more money is invested into youth based social programs and our public schools. Just be glad these guys just spray painted something instead of blowing something up because that's the future if we don't start taking care of these kids....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It doesn't require pumping money into the education system. Put a paddle back in the hands of a gym coach like back in the day..... oh wait, these types need parents to make them go to school first. Then we need the likes of the ACLU to go away so these youth terrorists can be rightfully punished do they don't grow up to be street thugs. I think we're on to something here!

      Oh yeah, go price a paint job on one of these birds. It isn't cheap.

      Delete
  26. Did not realise how expensive dasic is in the US.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dasic probably banned as it will harm the environment.

      Delete
  27. If I am the owner of the plane I would hire the one who did this cuz it looks good to a executive Jet plane to see such an art but only in a nice way. Other commercial big planes have the same things too, only most of them are cartoonish and some abstract.

    ReplyDelete
  28. There won't be any "blow" to the owners, since they'll sue the airport for lack of security.

    ReplyDelete
  29. That was just plain dumb. Do these dumb people know how much a plane cost? Ugh, I hate vandalism!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Timothy Ladarius WongJuly 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    That still looks better than Euro-white.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Where was George Zimmerman when the air plane owners really needed him?

    ReplyDelete
  32. Unbelievable.

    ReplyDelete
  33. It is incredible that someone could have the time it takes, I imagine 5-10 minutes(?), to do the "decoration", but there are spots at any airport where it is unseen by the tower and security patrols are not everywhere all the time. We need to see where these guys got on the field, but please, lets not jump up and make it harder for us, the pilots and owners, to get to out planes. It is hard enough already.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I don't call them 'artists'. They are vandals,pure and simple. Whether it is on the side of a bridge or a plane. It's just ugly and unappealing. The little $h1ts need to be caught and then made to clean up their childish daubing.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Jonathan GlassmanJuly 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    What a pity. Certainly not artists, more aptly known as delinquents.

    ReplyDelete
  36. They still tag the Sherman Way (about four hundred feet away from where the Lear was tagged) underpass at will. LAPD and the Airport police look pretty bad that they can't curtail some idiot taggers....

    ReplyDelete
  37. People that do graffiti come from all walks of life, rich, poor, middle class and are all different ages. I'm a writer, been doing graff for over 34 years. When I started it was just something to do, for fun, then as I got older and continued it became an addiction, now a days I do it to relieve stress, it makes me feel good, it's for no one else but me. This shit up top took five minutes to do, to me it's garbage but it's there. If I was younger would I have done this, yes but being older I know the out come of this one, this is FBI/CIA type shit... dumb asses.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Just wondering how the "vandals" got the paint so high on the air plane? Did they lug a ladder with them? doubtful.

    Smalls fishy to me. They would have had to not only break into the airport but find or bring a ladder to get up that high. inside job.

    ReplyDelete
  39. this dude gets respect from me hahaha

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...