Helicopter Pilot Jailed for Sugary Pacific Island Detour

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An Australian helicopter pilot got more than he bargained for when he landed on the Pacific island nation of Nauru in search of a snack.

The 24-year-old pilot and his companion, stir crazy from months stationed on a fishing vessel in open water, hopped a helicopter and headed to the remote Pacific island nation in search of a snack.

The pair parked their ride on a beach and hit Nauru's main supermarket to stock up on chocolate and soda. Island police were waiting when they returned to the helicopter. They were arrested and the helicopter impounded, reports Agence France Presse.

After spending a night in Nauru's slammer, the pilot and passenger face a $100,000 fine for unauthorized landing and breaching the island's immigration act.


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