Airplane parts stolen from Alberta airport

The Alberta Aviation Museum 737 takes off from the Edmonton City Centre Airport for the last time...

The Alberta Aviation Museum 737 takes off from the Edmonton City Centre Airport for the last time in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Perry Mah/Edmonton Sun

Catherine Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:02 AM ET

EDMONTON — A Boeing 737's emergency hatch and other parts were stolen from an Alberta airport over the weekend, but authorities say thieves trashed the plane to make the crime look like vandalism.

The plane, owned by the Alberta Aviation Museum, was on display at the Villeneuve Airport.

Thomas Hinderks, executive director of the Alberta Aviation Museum Association​, said someone did planning and took time to carry out the theft. They entered through the left emergency hatch, not something obvious, he said.

"It appears they tried to mask the theft by making a heck of a mess in the airplane," Hinderks said.

While the theft is still under investigation, they know more than one person was involved and that they had to have some aviation knowledge.

"It breaks down to someone who was trophy hunting or looking for other items," Hinderks said, noting some of the parts had been pulled out of place and checked for expiry dates.


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