Chief: Pilot could lose license for buzzing Huron-Perkins game

Light plane flies low over Perkin-Huron game PERKINS TWP. A pilot who flew over the Perkins-Huron football game as par
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Light plane flies low over Perkin-Huron game

PERKINS TWP.

A pilot who flew over the Perkins-Huron football game as part of a planned event Friday could lose his pilots license and face other charges.

Perkins police Chief Tim McClung said witnesses said the pilot flew the small plane at an altitude of less than 250 feet, which is a serious violation of FAA regulations.

"The minimum altitude at an outdoor event is 1,000 feet," said McClung, who added an FBI agent and an Federal Aviation Administration official were at the game when the plane flew over and were among the many witnesses interviewed by police.

The pilot likely will have his license yanked by the FAA and face local charges of inducing panic, McClung said.

"In this day and age, who thinks this would be a good stunt?" McClung asked. "It was an unbelievably bad idea."

Airspace has been restricted over sports stadiums during events since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Several spectators said the plane was flying just 10 to 15 feet above the telephone poles.

"That's why we thought maybe it was part of the festivities," said one woman who was taking tickets at the gate. "It was definitely lower than a usual plane... it was so loud."

McClung said a report would be forwarded to Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter for review.