Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Man charged after allegedly renting a plane, stunt flying it over friend’s house: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

A man has been charged with stunt flying an airplane over residential neighborhoods in Richmond Hill.

York police received a several calls regarding an aircraft flying erratically over neighborhoods and parks at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

A single engine Cessna 172 plane was reported to be flying very low and soaring higher into the sky before stalling and falling back to low altitudes, police said.

Officers and air traffic control were not able to establish radio contact with the pilot.

Police became concerned that the pilot was having mechanical problems and began clearing and closing down runways to give him space for an emergency landing.

The plane landed safely at Markham Airport, on Hwy. 48 north of Elgin Mills Rd.

The plane and pilot were located by police and an investigation revealed that the lone pilot allegedly took out the rented plane to stunt-fly it over a friend’s house in Richmond Hill, York police said.

Christian Nardoni, 26, of Richmond Hill is charged with dangerous operation of an aircraft. The crime falls under the motor vehicles section of the Criminal Code of Canada and has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Police urged additional witnesses to come forward if they may have seen the aircraft flying on Sunday.

Source:   http://www.thestar.com

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