Australian man drives light plane down main street for a drink at the pub
Thirsty pilot expected to be charged for parking his wingless aircraft outside a pub in Western Australia’s Pilbara region
Australian Associated Press
theguardian.com, Monday 3 November 2014
A man who taxied his light plane down a main street in Western Australia’s Pilbara region and parked it outside a pub is expected to be charged.
Newman police sergeant Mark McKenzie said the plane had its propeller running, its wings removed and was being steered by foot pedals on Friday.
The man parked the plane outside the Newman Hotel and was then interviewed by police.
“It was a pretty stupid thing to do,” McKenzie said.
“Kids were coming home from school. It could have been very ugly. All he needed was one gust of wind … because without the wings, it’s not stable.
“People think it was a bit of a laugh but it was very dangerous and we’re not very happy with it.”
McKenzie said police had examined the Road Traffic Act but would likely charge the man under the Criminal Code.
“I would assume there would be an offence under the Criminal Code that may fit the bill.
“I’m confident that he will be charged with something soon.”