Meanwhile in Australia .... Man takes his plane to the pub down the main street

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Meanwhile in Australia .... Man takes his plane to the pub down the main street

Police have spoken to a thirsty West Australian man after he boarded his light plane and taxied it down a main street to get to his local pub in rural Australia.

The incident took place at around beer o'clock, or 2 p.m., on Friday afternoon, with witnesses telling police the plane had been driven from one end of Newman, a mining town of around 4,000 people, to the other.

From the Western Australia Police Facebook it states.
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It will be alleged that he had just bought the aircraft from a private residence and was taking it home on the other side of the town, but stopped at the pub.

On examination it was found to have an exposed fuel line hanging from the side of the aircraft attached to an insecure jerry can inside the cabin to enable the engine to run. On stopping the aircraft the accused left the engine in a potentially dangerous condition with the ignition on.

The accused does not hold a pilotís licence and the roads were busy with other vehicles and pedestrians at the time.

Of particular concern was the timing, as the trip coincided with the end of the school day and kids making their way home after class.

"The danger is obviously taxiing a prop plane down Newman Drive, bearing in mind that kids have just come out of school," Newman Sergeant Mark Garner told ABC. "It's a busy Friday afternoon. I know it's Newman but we do get a fair bit of traffic."

Police arrived at the Newman Hotel to find a Beechcraft two-seater plane sitting inconspicuously in the carpark. After discussions with witnesses and securing the CCTV footage, they are now speaking with the owner of the plane who is said to be a 37-year-old male.

According to local reports, the staff of the Newman Hotel described the man as a "legend," nonchalantly waltzing into the bar while more than 200 locals gathered around.

Sgt. Garner told The West Australian the man had passed an initial breath-test, but still faces an uncertain future. "He is one of our local characters," he said. "I need to look at what the appropriate offence would be as it's a bit of an unusual one."

More: http://www.stuff.co.nz/worl...

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By netchicken: posted on 4-11-2014








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