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Helicopter pilot lands at Rouse Hill McDonalds for afternoon snack

Everyone knows hungers drives people to do crazy things……but landing a helicopter at your local McDonalds seems above and beyond.

Yesterday a helicopter pilot landed a Rouse Hill to collect his takeaway afternoon snack (watch it here). As amusing as this may seem there could be some real implications for safety.

This helicopter wasn’t landing in a rural setting; it was beside Windsor Road and between Red Rooster and ALDI. We only recently saw an aviation tragedy in Melbourne where a plane crashed at a shopping centre. This was no emergency and it appears everything was under control but likely as not there were people around, who was protecting the landing zone?

Whilst CASA have said this was not “technically” illegal as the pilot had permission to use the private land, I wonder what will happen when the pilot is called to explain his actions to CASA.

Anyway, no one was hurt, no doubt in some parts to planning but I think also good luck. I can’t imagine the local businesses were too thrilled with the noise and disturbance!

Not the pilots brightest idea.

Image Credit – Viktor Thaut ©

Written by John Sutton on May 15, 2017

John is partner of Armstrong Legal and head of the Criminal Law Division. The experience John possesses, being a high quality mix of defence and prosecution skills, together with his team at Armstrong Legal, mean you can be certain of accurate, dependable and practical advice on how your matter can dealt with. View John's profile

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