It wasn’t Warren Buffet dropping down from the rural Canadian skies for a frozen Blizzard treat at one of his fast-food franchises, but the pilot of a Robinson R44 who landed in a parking lot next to a Tisdale, Saskatchewan Dairy Queen on July 31. That helicopter pilot is now being charged with dangerous operation of an aircraft after, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) determined that airlifting an ice cream cake is not an emergency.
The unnamed pilot will make an initial court appearance on September 7 after being charged August 4 with one count of violating Section 320.13(1)(a), of the Canadian Criminal Code.
The landing caused quite a commotion when the R44 touched down in the otherwise empty parking lot shortly after 5 p.m. in the small town of 3,000, and the RCMP was summoned to investigate. When later interviewed about the incident, the local mayor told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), “I thought somebody must be hungry.” Dairy Queen ice cream cakes typically sell for $15 to $32, but given court costs and potential fines, this one will undoubtedly cost this pilot considerably more.