A 10-passenger charter jet that was reported stolen from St. Augustine, Florida, was found at an airport some 350 miles (563 kilometers) away near Atlanta, and authorities were attempting to figure out who had flown it there.
The plane, a $7 million (Ђ5.82 million) Cessna Citation 7, was found at the Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field on Monday and remained there Tuesday, said Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. The plane is owned by Pinnacle Air of Springdale, Arkansas, which had no comment on the incident Tuesday.
Crime scene technicians have investigated the interior of the plane, and Moloney said there is no evidence that there were weapons or drugs on it.
The FBI is also investigating although the theft does not appear to be linked to terrorism, said Lisa Ray, spokeswoman at the Georgia Office of Homeland Security.
The plane landed at the airport sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, Moloney said.
Although the plane landed when the airport's flight tower was not operating, officials said that is not unusual. Once on the ground, an automatic gate would have let the person out of the airport, Moloney said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is probing its own traffic system to see if there is any record of the plane flying during the time in question, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said, reported AP.
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