Low Flying Drunk
2008 Reader Submission
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Residents of the town of Chilliwack, Canada were woken up in the early morning by the sound of a small aircraft flying overhead much closer than they were used to hearing. After a night of heavy drinking at a local night club, though neither had a pilot's license nor any flight training at all, our future Darwin Award nominees somehow concluded that copious amounts of alcohol are all one needs to pilot an aircraft. From that idea, the obvious conclusion is that it might be fun to take a plane from the small local airport for a drunken joyride over the city and they invited two female companions along for the ride. Fortunately for the two ladies, they had enough foresight to decline the offer.
One of the gentlemen worked at the airport and so was able to gain access to the airplanes. Despite their inebriated state, the guys managed to get the plane off the ground in the dark and buzz around the city just barely over the tops of the houses for an extended period of time. At some point, they happened to come up with the idea that it would be really cool to attempt a landing on the grassy median between the east and west bound lanes of the Trans Canada highway running right through town. Had it not been for the electrical wires that they almost made it under, they might have succeeded. Here is where fate finally intervened. Instead of the plane coming to a nice soft landing on the grass, the tail clipped the electrical wires sending the aircraft nose first into the ground, killing both occupants on impact, thus bringing the disturbing engine noises to an abrupt halt.
Submitted on 10/03/2008
Personal Account. Story appeared in the "Chilliwack Progress" newspaper probably some time in 1996.
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