Pilot Told To Turn Engines Off Charged With Reckless Operation of a Vessel
By Space Coast Daily // May 28, 2015
ALSO CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE
ABOVE VIDEO: A pilot of a Cessna Skymaster was arrested after he crashed into a small building at the Melbourne International Airport Wednesday afternoon about 4:30 p.m., according to authorities. (WKMG video)
Authorities: Alcohol Was Found On Plane
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A pilot of a Cessna Skymaster was arrested after he crashed into a small building at the Melbourne International Airport Wednesday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m., according to authorities.
Christopher John Hall, 57, who was with his son, was preparing to take off from the airport when the aircraft struck communication equipment, and then hit a shed.
According to reports, air traffic controllers instructed Hall to turn his engines off, but a few minutes later, the Cessna struck the shed and equipment.
Authorities said that alcohol was found on plane and Hall refused to take a breath alcohol test.
Hall was arrested and charged with reckless operation of a vessel and child abuse, because his preteen son was onboard the aircraft. No serious injuries were reported.
Hall was taken to the Brevard County jail and was being held on a $4,000 bond.
The aircraft is registered to Hall’s home address in Satellite Beach under Wireless Systems Engineering Inc.
The Federal Aviation Administration, along with local authorities, continue to investigate the crash.
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