Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pilot Schooled on Proper Chopper Use after Touching Down Next to Tim Hortons

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pilot Schooled on Proper Chopper Use after Touching Down Next to Tim Hortons

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Pilot told not to use chopper for coffee fix

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O'LEARY, P.E.I. - A coast guard helicopter pilot has been schooled on the appropriate use of the aircraft after touching down in a field near a Tim Hortons in P.E.I. for a coffee fix.

The chopper landed in a barren field in O'Leary on March 16, prompting surprised onlookers to take to social media with comments about the unusual sighting and photos of the red aircraft whipping up poofs of snow as it set down.

It also caught the attention of the commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, who asked for an internal probe to determine if any unusual circumstances required the aircraft to land there.

Fisheries spokeswoman Sarah Gilbert said the fact-finding exercise found the aircraft did not have to land there for operational reasons. …

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