June 5, 2009

Pilot who cried wolf faces real emergency

An Illinois pilot who once landed on a golf course because his son was late for a tennis lesson had to make a real emergency landing Thursday, authorities say.

Robert Kadera, 66, was forced to touch down in a farm field near Antioch, Ill. after his single-engine Piper PA-16 experienced mechanical trouble, the Lake County News-Sun reported Friday.

At first it was feared that Kadera would go down in a residential area but he managed to land the plane safely in a farm field, said Lee Shannon, Antioch's emergency management coordinator.

Kadera pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and trespassing charges last month for landing his aircraft on a Lincolnshire golf course in 2008 so his son wouldn't miss a tennis lesson.

He was sentenced to 18 months probation and 60 months of community service.