Pilot charged with stunt flying over pal's house

An aircraft swoops erratically over residential neighbourhoods and parks. (YouTube screengrab)

An aircraft swoops erratically over residential neighbourhoods and parks. (YouTube screengrab)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

TORONTO -- A Richmond Hill, Ont., man faces a charge for allegedly taking a rented plane out for a scary stunt spin on Sunday.

York Regional Police reported receiving a number of calls around 5 p.m. about an aircraft flying erratically over residential neighbourhoods and parks.

A YouTube video taken during a nearby softball game shows a plane swooping down lower than the treeline before heading out of sight.

Shocked onlookers told police they believed the plane was a single-engine Cessna 172 and that it was seen climbing into the sky, stalling and falling back to low altitudes.

Unable to make radio contact with the pilot and worried that the airplane was having mechanical problems, police began clearing and closing down roadways to make an emergency landing possible.

However, the plane made it back to Markham Airport on Hwy. 48, near Elgin Mills Rd., from where it had taken off.

Officers allege the pilot had taken the plane out to stunt fly over a friend's house in Richmond Hill.

Christian Nardoni, 26, is charged with dangerous operation of an aircraft. A conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.


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