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Seizure Of Aircraft  
User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 13
Posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

Occasionally, there is news of an aircraft being seized at the gate by ILFC or another agency. How is the seizure accomplished (ie. is it drug bust style with agents jumping out with guns, or is it just a formal declaration with no objections)?

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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

I've heard tales of convenient "maintenance" whereby key components are removed for "checking".

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1821 times:

I've heard of strategically placing ramp equipment such as snow plows behind the plane after it has taxied into the gate. They were threatening to do that here in Eagle if United didn't pay up their fees to the airport.


Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

I have heard of Repo Men that specialize in a/c, typically GA a/c, but I would guess that there aren't too many that would know how to fly a 737. I guess the company that is repossessing the a/c would coordinate with the local police force to surround the a/c and prevent it from being used by the operator that is in default. I would venture to say that it probably is safer to repo an airliner than it would be for a vehicle parked in someone's yard (not as much of a chance of being shot at).

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1806 times:

I would say they'd simply walk on, maybe with a couple of security guards, show the paperwork, and order everyone off.
After all, it's a civil matter, not a criminal one.

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