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OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:13 pm

An Austrian Airlines A320 OE-LBY was being loaded by an armoured vehicle at Tirana when armed bandits stormed the aircraft forcing the cargo door open. A reported 10 million euros were stolen. The incident is reminiscent of a similar heist in BRU in 2013 of a Helvetic F100.

Link so far only in Italian. Developing story.

https://www.corriere.it/cronache/19_apr ... f044.shtml
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIR

Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:31 pm

Here is a report in English. One person was killed in the robbery. https://balkaninsight.com/2019/04/09/on ... t-robbery/
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIR

Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:35 pm

Well, should TIA upgrade its secutiry. From the report:

"In February 2017, thieves managed to get away with 3.2 million euros in a similar robbery, while in June 2016, another 995,000 euros was stolen. There were two more robberies in 2015."
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIR

Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:42 pm

(Nitpicking) Tirana is TIA. TIR is in India :duck: :duck:

But I agree - clearly the airport need better security. That truck just drive right onto the tarmac with no problem? A big no-no.
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIR

Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:53 pm

Pathetic Security at this airport, unreal.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:59 pm

That's crazy. I didn't know money was transported by aircraft this way. Is that a common occurrence?
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:19 pm

Isn't terrifying how easily a bunch of criminals can just enter the airport and kill people if they want to? After everything that has happened with the terrorist attacks and still some airports have such lax security
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:40 pm

I'm surprised they didn't end up full of holes the moment they crossed the perimeter.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:45 pm

peterinlisbon wrote:
I'm surprised they didn't end up full of holes the moment they crossed the perimeter.


This is Albania we are talking about, the airport police was probably in on it.
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:14 pm

And what about the theft in Belgium? Was that Belgium we were talking about? Your fascination with Albania, or should I say your baseless anti-Albanian comments over the years are childish to say the least.

Back to the topic at hand, I completely agree that this shouldn't happen and something that the airport mgmt company needs to sort out ASAP. Security at the airport is provided by a private contractor, which was obviously useless in this case. Although apparently they managed to call the police, which chased the thieves and killed one of them during the firefight that ensued.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:48 pm

TIA wrote:
And what about the theft in Belgium? Was that Belgium we were talking about? Your fascination with Albania, or should I say your baseless anti-Albanian comments over the years are childish to say the least.

Back to the topic at hand, I completely agree that this shouldn't happen and something that the airport mgmt company needs to sort out ASAP. Security at the airport is provided by a private contractor, which was obviously useless in this case. Although apparently they managed to call the police, which chased the thieves and killed one of them during the firefight that ensued.


Yeah.... I don't think anyone can seriously compare Belgium to Albania/Kosovo where crime is widespread. It's a well known fact and in the article you can see that this wasn't the first robbery at the country's only civilian airport.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:12 pm

DO NOT tell report dispatcher to bring the money time and date what airline etc! They should SHUT the mouth! Secret message security. Only to the managers. A staff may involve to text message to the bad person to get ready to move storming airport to steal them! How stupid they are? The manager will tell staff to ready load truck when the plane arrives just 5 to 10 min ahead bad person can't drive that far to prepare to bring guns, weapons and etc.. SHUT UP next time! Sigh!

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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIR

Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:07 pm

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
Well, should TIA upgrade its secutiry. From the report:

"In February 2017, thieves managed to get away with 3.2 million euros in a similar robbery, while in June 2016, another 995,000 euros was stolen. There were two more robberies in 2015."


I have seen a movie about this before.

Anybody know what Jimmie Conway, Henry Hill, and Tommy Devito have been doing?
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:12 pm

marcogr12 wrote:
Isn't terrifying how easily a bunch of criminals can just enter the airport and kill people if they want to? After everything that has happened with the terrorist attacks and still some airports have such lax security


You may be surprised. Organized crime has a hold on a lot of these pieces of infrastructure. Remember this from 40 years ago?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufthansa_heist

That crew was robbing the airport blind for years before that by either getting security in on it. Or getting hookers for the security guards who werent in on it to distract them.

My dads friend imported jewelry in the 70s through the 1990s. About 20% of the time if it came through the port authority (JFK, Newark, or by ship) it was "lost" and insurance bought it.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:15 pm

Inside job?
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:17 pm

My question is if security is so bad why are there flights to destinations outside of Albania allowed. Would seem to indicate that the airport is a soft target.
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:20 pm

klm617 wrote:
My question is if security is so bad why are there flights to destinations outside of Albania allowed. Would seem to indicate that the airport is a soft target.

Because to destinations inside Albania would be impossible?... :roll: It is the only commercial airport of the country... They don't even have a flight to Detroit.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:28 pm

I knew I had heard of this story before!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufthansa_heist

Avoiding airport security and/or storming an airport has happened around the world for many years. Pan Am, Karachi, 1986, Air France, Algiers, 1994. In my own case, while waiting to take off at PHX in June, 2005, our flight was delayed by a mentally disturbed individual who drove around Phoenix airport for twenty minutes before being captured.

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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:32 pm

klm617 wrote:
My question is if security is so bad why are there flights to destinations outside of Albania allowed. Would seem to indicate that the airport is a soft target.


From the Balkan Insight link above:

"The country’s economic model, which is based on remittances brought in cash by immigrants and used to pay for imported goods or services, creates the need to transfer large quantities of cash, mostly to Austria."


MalevTU134 wrote:
It is the only commercial airport of the country... They don't even have a flight to Detroit.


:lol:

This is how TIA looks from above: https://www.google.fr/maps/place/Aeropo ... 19.7233909
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:19 pm

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:


Wow! having that car rental company based right in the middle of the runway must make things ...er, challenging, shall we say.... for the pilots trying to land and take off. :duck:

expat
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:20 pm

Oceans 320?
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:40 pm

The cost of the lost banknotes will presumably be covered by an insurer. Whose insurance would be covering the loss ?
The airline ? Freight company ? Airport ? Bank sending the cash to Austria ? Someone else ?

I'm wondering in particular what insurers will demand out of freight companies, Tirana airport and the local police (or Albanian Govt) in order to provide insurance cover in the future without charging exorbitant premiums. I'm sure that behind closed doors in the near future, insurers will be saying something more forceful than "we hope it is not too inconvenient but could you possibly have a think about making security at TIA a bit better please" :-)
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:36 am

TIA's traffic is booming in recent years and Albania is trying to promote itself as a tourist destination. Events such as these definitely do not help.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:30 am

linco22 wrote:
That's crazy. I didn't know money was transported by aircraft this way. Is that a common occurrence?

Yes, it happens more than you would think, especially in the States.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:44 am

There are gold mines in Alaska that routinely send out shipments of gold by air. They book 4 different aircraft to 4 different destinations from the mine. 3 of the aircraft have dummy loads, ballast weighed so even the pilot does not know which load is actually gold.

This is done so it would be difficult to meet the plane and hijack the gold... in US airports.

Security is a problem at TIA, but don't pretend it's exclusively an Albanian problem.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:39 am

linco22 wrote:
That's crazy. I didn't know money was transported by aircraft this way. Is that a common occurrence?


In this instance the cash belonged to foreign banks which wanted to get it to Austria since the Albanian national bank doesn’t accept deposits.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:16 am

I am quite sure that there are organized criminals in Albania who have inside connections with airport security to know when these large cash shipments come in. The country is still deeply in poverty and some will get involved with organized criminals to look for easy ways to get money. Due to reasons stated above, there are regular shipments of cash into TIA due to issues with their banks, so need to go via Austria. Using air is likely the most secure and only practical way to move such large amounts of cash. Pressure should be put on the government in Albania by insurers and banks on the organized criminals as well as different security protocols with airlines as such thefts are costly to them.
 
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:21 am

linco22 wrote:
That's crazy. I didn't know money was transported by aircraft this way. Is that a common occurrence?


Regular occurrence, we flew a full A300F filled to capacity from MUC to ATH on a charter a few years ago full of Euros. Freshly printed & packed in neat little boxes. Rest assured that it was a lot more that what was stolen in TIA.
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Re: OS A320 Heist and Security Incident at TIA

Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:47 am

Yesterday various Austrian Media reported that Albanian Police had announced the arrest of four suspicous persons. No informations were given regarding the whereabouts of the money. The actual victim is LH-Cargo, which handles OS-Cargo operations since several years. LH-cargo will file an insurance report. TIA airport will be guarded by special forces of the Albanien military as per immediate effect, said Olta Xhacka, Minister of Defence recently.

Sources in German:

https://www.vienna.at/aua-maschine-nach ... en/6163276
https://derstandard.at/2000101124393/Be ... Polizisten
https://www.austrianwings.info/2019/04/ ... in-tirana/
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