Richard Wood, 60, originally wanted to visit his mother in Yorkshire, UK … but got a little off track.
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A millionaire pilot landed at the RAF military base in Anglesey, Wales in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic because "he wanted to see the beach". 60-year-old Richard Wood was on his way to see his mother in Yorkshire. However, he was informed that she was too busy and decided to use Prince William's runway.
In addition to mandatory isolation from the pandemic, the millionaire's visit sparked a fire truck incident and led to an investigation by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. And although the event took place on May 25, 2020, it was barely publicized.
According to the authorities, Wood attempted at least seven times to communicate with the Royal Air Force (RAF) tower for the landing, but "as expected" there was no response from air traffic control as the site was closed.
"I was not at all prepared for the valley to be closed," commented the millionaire in his defense, according to the DailyPost.
The prosecutor in charge of the investigation said Wood had applied for and received permission to fly only to Yorkshire.
When the pilot landed and opened the door of his plane, he was arrested by the police. A soldier who was there reported: "He was a white man and a little thin. He wore shorts, a thin Kagoule jacket and athletic shoes. He had glasses and short gray hair."
When asked why he ended up in a forbidden place and time, Wood replied that he "wanted to see the beach" and that there was no problem as he had COVID-19 two months ago.
Despite the defense, the court called Wood "frivolous and arrogant" but that changed when it realized the gravity of the situation. It was a case of "poor planning and flying skills".
The president of the judges, Alastair Langdon, eventually sentenced the pilot for the violations and the damage caused.