Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Plane Taken on Joyride, Crashed into woods:'Could Have Been Heck of a Lot Worse'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Plane Taken on Joyride, Crashed into woods:'Could Have Been Heck of a Lot Worse'

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Plane taken on joyride, crashed into woods

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STEPHENVILLE CROSSING, - A Newfoundland man who allegedly took a float plane on a joyride Thursday night didn't make it very far before crashing into nearby woods, police say.

RCMP say the 32-year-old man took the Cessna 180 from the Jeffrey's, N.L., area without the permission of the owner, who is a family member of the alleged pilot.

"He is directly related to the owner of the plane, who does not want him charged with theft," said Cpl. John Butler, adding that a 59-year-old relative of the owner was also in the plane.

"He's just happy that the two people ... are not seriously injured. It could have been a heck of a lot worse for sure."

The plane, painted white with a red and blue stripe, was stolen from Mitchell's Pond, on Newfoundland's west coast, at around 7 p. …

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