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Man with no pilot license charged with taking plane on East Texas joyride and crashing


WASKOM, Texas — A Louisiana man has been arrested after authorities say he took an airplane without the owner's permission from an East Texas airport outside Marshall and later crashed.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers tell Shreveport, Louisiana, television station KSLA ( ) that 30-year-old Nathan Henley, of Minden, Louisiana, told the plane owner he was going to wash the plane before a scheduled flight class Monday but instead took it on a joyride.

He's now charged with unauthorized use of a flying aircraft.

Henley, who is not licensed to fly, and another man aboard escaped injury when the plane went down about 4 a.m. in a pasture north of Waskom in Harrison County, about 20 miles west of Shreveport.

Authorities told The Marshall News Messenger the aircraft apparently ran out of fuel.

Information from: Marshall News Messenger,

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