It now appears that the FBI is in the middle of a huge investigation. According to FBI reports, nearly $1.2 million was stolen from Swiss International Air Lines flight 17. This was a flight that travelled from Zurich, Switzerland, to New York’s JFK International Airport this past Saturday. A spokesman for the FBI said that the money was in $100 bills. At this point, however, it is still unclear when the money was stolen.
Jim Margolin, who works for the FBI, said that the money was stolen from flight 17, which was a cargo and passenger flight. On this plane was also a shipment of currency. When the plane finally landed in New York, it was discovered that the shipment of money was nearly $1.2 million short. The FBI is working hard to discover if the money was taken before or after the flight left Zurich.
Margolin added that the cash was put in a container that the bank uses to transfer money. This container was then loaded into a cargo container. It would have taken a forklift to remove the bank container from the cargo container.
Due to the way the money was stored, this has most officials believing that the money was stolen before it ever got on the plane. That being said, the FBI does not want to leave anything up to chance and will continue to investigate this crime. They want to be 100 percent sure when the money was stolen before they move forward with the investigation.
Reports show that the money on this plane was actually heading to the Federal Reserve. At this point, the Federal Reverse Bank of New York has no comment on the matter. It is known, however, that the money in this crate belonged to the U.S. Federal Reserve. The money was simply being transferred from Switzerland to the United States. During this transfer, the money was going to pass through the New Jersey Federal Reserve facility. This is a pretty common practice, according to officials.
A spokesman for the Port Authority, Steve Coleman, said that they have no comment on this matter at this time. Of course, this should not come as a shock to anyone, as companies and groups typically do not comment on cases that are still being investigated. With a crime of this nature, it is unlikely that the Port Authority will ever have anything to say on the case unless the FBI is able to solve it.
Although this is a pretty isolated case, it still begs the question: How safe are travellers’ belongings when they travel? If a bank can have more than $1.2 million stolen, how easy would it be for a passenger to have their stuff stolen? This is assuming, of course, that the money was stolen on the flight. Most officials seem to think that the money was stolen before it ever reached the plane. This is going to make the investigation just that much harder for the FBI.