Tuesday, March 04, 2008

More Money than Brains

What do you do when your son is late to a tennis tuneup and team tryouts are two days away?

A Lake Villa (Illinois) man hopped in his Piper Clipper airplane Saturday, breezed above the congested roads and landed at a golf course across a highway from the tennis club, where skis on the underside of his four-seater glided across the snow-covered fairway. After all, the 45 minute drive would only take 10 to 15 minutes by plane.

Police received worried calls about a plane circling twice, then touching down at the Crane's Landing golf course at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. Officials thought they might have a crash, with victims to attend to.

Instead, they found Robert Kadera, 65, and his 14-year-old son trudging through the snow, Prince racket and a bag of tennis balls in hand. They had parked on the 7th fairway, just 20 feet south of the retaining wall for Illinois Highway 22. I guess he thought you can just land a plane anywhere. Like those considerate people who park their cars anywhere they feel like it.

Police are determining what they can charge him with. At the very least trespassing. The FAA may pull his flying licence. Police told Kadera he could not fly the plane home and had to hire a towing service to move it.

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