From CNN - Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer game

Richard A Whitenight rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Wed Sep 21 19:46:24 MDT 2005


Only in Peru :-)
Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer game
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A chartered jet carrying 289 Gambian soccer fans
pretended it needed to make an emergency landing so they could watch
their team compete in the FIFA Under 17 World Championships, officials
said Wednesday.
The plane, claiming to be low on fuel, landed Tuesday near the stadium in
Peru's northern coast city of Piura.
"It truly was a scam," said Betty Maldonado, a spokeswoman for Peru's
aviation authority, CORPAC. "They tricked the control tower, saying they
were low on fuel."
Emergency crews were scrambled ahead of the unscheduled landing by the
Lockhead L1011 Tri-Star, owned by Air Rum Ltd., Maldonado said.
The Air Rum plane, which she said was chartered by Gambian President
Yahya Jammeh, should have made its approach to the capital, Lima, but
instead flew directly to Piura, entering Peruvian air space "without
permission."
The passengers were permitted to attend African team's 3-1 victory over
Qatar on Tuesday night, she added, but the plane remained in Piura on
Wednesday while authorities determined what penalty, if any, to levy
against the airline.
Gambian newspaper Daily Observer reported on its Web page Wednesday that
the group of fans had been delayed for a week in a hotel in the small
West African nation and were forced Friday to watch their country's
victory over Brazil on television.
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