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Cops: Utah teens arrested for Thanksgiving joyride — in a stolen airplane

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Authorities say two teenage boys stole a plane in Utah on Thanksgiving Day, taking it for a joyride before landing at Vernal Regional Airport. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Two Utah teenagers are in big trouble after a Thanksgiving joyride, according to law enforcement.

The teens, ages 14 and 15, are accused of stealing an airplane from a private airstrip on Thursday, successfully flying the aircraft and landing at the Vernal Regional Airport before being apprehended by authorities.

What are the details?

According to the Uintah County Sheriff's Office, the two boys are believed to have left a group home in the Wasatch Front — which is in north central Utah — earlier in the week, before making their way to the eastern part of the state.

On Thanksgiving morning, the teens commandeered a tractor, which they drove to the airstrip. Then, the two aviators jumped into a fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna, and flew for about 15 miles, Fox News reported.

"The plane was witnessed flying very low along U.S. 40 near Gusher, Uintah County, about 32 miles west of Jensen," the sheriff's news release stated. "Based on information obtained by investigators, the teens mentioned flying back towards the Wasatch Front, but decided not to and returned to Vernal where they landed at the airport."

The teens were apprehended by authorities after landing in Vernal, and are being held in the Split Mountain Youth Detention Center on multiple charges.

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