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Stolen Beaver

By Ian Brown, Editor, EAA 657159

March 2020 - Who would steal a float-equipped de Havilland Beaver? Was it someone joy riding? Whatever the reason, it ended badly.

Starting up a float-equipped Beaver is not the sort of thing you’d expect the average Friday-night drunk to attempt, but this did happen at 3:30 a.m. PST on Friday, February 21, in Vancouver’s floatplane base. Three floatplanes were damaged in the incident, widely reported by several news carriers. One wing of the stolen aircraft is missing; divers will probably find it.


One-winged Beaver.

As you might guess, video footage of the suspect has been captured on security cameras in the area. Maybe by the time you read this, we’ll know who did the deed. At least no one was injured. For now, the inevitable finger pointing from political viewpoints has begun, but we hope that by the time you read this, we’ll know who the perpetrator was and most of all, "Why would anyone do that?"

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