Pilot, girlfriend face felonies after Perkins football flyover

PERKINS TWP. Two people were charged with felonies after an airplane flight that was meant to rally
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Two people were charged with felonies after an airplane flight that was meant to rally the Perkins football team.

Daniel Lake, 52, was charged with inducing panic, and Diane Mulvin, 42, was charged with complicity after Lake flew a plane over the Perkins High School football field Friday before a game.

Mulvin said she asked her boyfriend, Lake, to fly the plane over the field because she thought it "would be something for the kids that was cool to get them going before the game," according to the Perkins police report.

She said she wanted to get the players motivated because the team hasn't been doing so well and also mentioned it was her son's first game back after an injury, the report said.

The plane left behind a white trail of smoke as it flew over the field. Lake said it was environmentally safe smoke oil, which is the same oil used in sky writing.

The pilot flew over the football field at an altitude of less than 250 feet, which is against Federal Aviation Administration regulations, according to Perkins Police Chief Tim McClung.

The minimum altitude for an outdoor event is 1,000 feet, he said.

Police officers talked to Mulvin at the game, and she said she had obtained permission for the plane to fly over.

McClung said she called an off-duty police officer to tell him the plane was flying over.

"Obviously she did not give any details about the height," McClung said. "It wouldn't have mattered. We couldn't give her permission to violate FAA regulations."

School officials said they had no prior knowledge of the flyover.

Mulvin would not comment on the incident, and her attorney could not be reached.