Police pilot makes 'emergency' chopper landing in car park to buy KFC
CCTV footage captured by the fast food joint in Komani, South Africa, showed the pilot joining the queue for food before leaving with his takeaway order
A police pilot made a landing for a different kind of 'emergency'. He landed the South African Police Service helicopter in a car park between cars and pedestrians to go to the popular fast food joint KFC. The pilot is now under investigation after pictures emerged allegedly showing him landing the helicopter in a busy car park.
According to witnesses, the man 'nonchalantly' left the helicopter and walked about 100 feet to the restaurant. CCTV footage captured by the fast food joint in Komani, South Africa, showed the pilot joining the queue for food before leaving with his takeaway order. The South African Police Services (SAPS) launched an investigation into the reports and shared, "We are aware that the members were busy with crime prevention duties."
National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo spoke to DispatchLive, as reported by 'The South African' and shared, "We are investigating why the members landed at the mall." A witness, Bill Harrington, posted pictures on Facebook and said, "On Tuesday 2018/10/23 at about 14:00 a South African Police Service helicopter, descended down from the blue skies in the Eastern Cape and landed between cars and pedestrians on the parking lot of one of the local shopping centres in Queenstown (Now Komani)."
"This was not an official police practice run and/or any other police duty concern, other than for this police pilot to land, switch his blade off and walk nonchalant 30 meters into a chicken outlet. Not to investigate a crime scene or whatsoever, but to queue in line for a quick takeaway and some gravy (train) with it. After this police pilot got his food parcel and paid for it, he walked out, climbed back into his police helicopter, switch on the blades and swiftly flew away (sic)," he continued.
"His origin and destination is unknown, hence, can we call it fair that we, the taxpayer Joe’s of South Africa, have to subsidize, trained police helicopter pilots, to misuse the fuel, time and salary, we pay them, to maliciously and in misconduct, use state property, to go and buy a quick take away?" Harrington added. The pilot has not been named by the police. At the time of the controversial landing, the helicopter was reportedly patrolling areas in Eastern Cape.