Drunk pilot crashes ultralight plane in front yard

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Remember the beginning of Independence Day, when we first met the character of Randy Quaid? He’s in a red biplane, drunkly sprinkling the wrong property before landing on a local road. While the character saw redemption later in the movie, it appears to be an Indiana The pilot decided this version of Russell Casse was the one to idolize, but without an equally smooth landing.

On Monday, December 13, a single red ultralight crashed outside the Heather Ridge Subdivision in Warren Township, Indiana. The plane landed a few yards from the home of Doug Cunningham, who told the South Bend Tribune His experience :

“We didn’t see it visually, but we definitely heard a really loud crash,” Cunningham said.

Thinking the noise was a car accident, Cunningham ran into his yard to investigate.

“I got out immediately and that’s when I saw this ultralight plane crash into a panel in our front yard,” he said. “The pilot was walking. I immediately asked my wife to call 911 and call first responders. The pilot told me not to call the police but that was not an option. A plane crashes in your yard, of course you are going to call the police.

the Indiana State Police report on the crash does not list a specific cause, but notes that the pilot was “showing signs of alcohol impairment” and failed a field field sobriety test.

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The FAA prohibits pilots from having a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.04%, but it won’t show up on any ultralight license tests – mainly because for ultralight flight, there are not any. However, an FAA advisory circular regarding As long as an aircraft weighs less than 254 pounds, carries a single occupant, and meets a handful of other criteria, anyone can fly it without a license or training.

Regardless of the training requirements, it should make sense not to drink and steal. Fortunately for homeowners and landscapers around the world, this pilot probably won’t be flying anytime soon. Maybe there will be a motorhome adapted to the seasons rather.