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Airport Heist Leaves One Person Dead, Millions of Euros Stolen

Airport Heist Leaves One Person Dead, Millions of Euros Stolen
Jackie Reddy

A heist at Tirana’s airport – during which millions of euros were reportedly stolen from a Vienna-bound Austrian Airlines plane – caused a deadly shootout on Tuesday. The perpetrators made their way onto the tarmac via an entrance normally used by firefighters. Four have been arrested as a result.

An armed robbery at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA) left one person dead and saw millions of euros stolen from a Vienna-bound Austrian Airlines plane earlier this week, SecretFlying reports. The incident, which occurred at TIA on Tuesday, saw a gang of gunman make their way onto the runway via an entrance normally used by firefighters.

Once on the tarmac, the gunman made their way to the plane to steal the cash. Police pursued the robbers and engaged them in a shootout, during which one of the perpetrators was killed. The outlet reports that four people are now in police custody, with authorities questioning 40 persons in connection with the incident.

It is not yet clear exactly how much cash was stolen as a result of the incident. “Initial reports mentioned a sum of 2.5 million euros ($2.82 million), but later suggested that it could be five times higher,” states the outlet.

Cash transfers such as these, it adds, are needed because “Foreign banks operating in Albania send their hard currency to Vienna because Albania’s central bank does not accept such deposits.”

Tanja Gruber, a spokesperson for Austrian, has said that, as a result of this violent incident, cash transfers from the Albanian capital to Vienna will be halted.

[Image Source: Wikimedia/ Dardani89]

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  1. drvannostren

    April 13, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Wow, a real life Goodfellas situation. Definitely has to have a heavy inside job influence. You wouldn’t just know about these bank transfers without inside knowledge. It’ll be very interesting to see how the investigation concludes eventually on this one.

  2. dmurphynj

    April 16, 2019 at 12:23 am

    You realize that Goodfellas was based on a true story, right? The Lufthansa heist was very very much real life. That actually happened, at JFK, mostly as it was portrayed.

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