Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Airport Fuel Theft; Owner Raises Safety Questions after A[euro][approximately]secure' Site Entered

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Airport Fuel Theft; Owner Raises Safety Questions after A[euro][approximately]secure' Site Entered

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Byline: Mitch Crawley

The $300 fuel heist

Fuel type not suitable for cars

Owner believes for that reason it's more likely another aircraft owner has taken it

A FUEL filching job on a plane parked at Hervey Bay airport is sparking concerns about security and safety in the region.

Fortunately for the plane's owner Col Veldon the pilot noticed the $300 theft as part of his pre-flight checks before taking to the skies.

However Mr Veldon said less reassuring was that someone was able to steal from a site that's supposed to be secure, without being captured on CCTV or caught by security patrols.

He said it raised questions as to what other crimes could be committed within the airport's grounds without capture.

"The reality is it would be someone with (aircraft) knowledge because kids don't want to use old fashioned fuel in a new car," Mr Veldon said.

"It used to have lead in it in the old days, so it's outdated fuel that would be no good in cars, it's not rocket fuel or anything. …

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