TURNER (AP) – A 25-year-old Maine man is facing charges in both the U.S. and Canada after the plane he allegedly stole crashed into a field near Montreal Saturday morning.

The Lewiston resident suffered only minor injuries in the accident. His name has not been released.

Canadian authorities say he was flying a Cessna without a pilot’s license or flight training.

The man stole a plane from the Twitchell Airport in Turner about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, ran out of gas three hours later above Saint Paul d’Abbotsford and crashed into a field, police said.

The man faces investigation from Transport Canada, Canadian and U.S. security officials and INTERPOL because he flew across an international border without clearance.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s department is investigating the Maine charges. The man may be facing theft charges in Maine, police said. He is due in a St. Hyacinthe court Monday on stolen property charges.

AP-ES-09-28-03 1704EDT



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