Indiana Man Charged With Stealing, Wrecking Airplane

A LaPorte, Ind., man has been arrested for commandeering a twin-engine plane and driving it off the taxiway into a bean field.

Police arrested 38-year-old Michael Santos, charging him with theft and criminal mischief. It was unclear whether Santos had a pilot's license.

Officers were called to LaPorte Municipal Airport in northern Indiana on Sept. 9 after the plane was found in the field, covered with soybeans chopped up by the propeller. The pilot apparently was unable to negotiate a curve leading to the runway.

An airport official says fog concealed the thief's identity from the surveillance cameras.

Santos remains in custody in the LaPorte County Jail.