Canadian man charged for flying helicopter to Diary Queen to buy ice cream cake

A man’s unusual arrival at a Saskatchewan Dairy Queen has resulted in a criminal charge.

Around 5pm on July 31, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received a complaint that a helicopter had landed in a “high traffic” parking lot in the community, according to a news release.

The aircraft “blew up dust and debris” in an area that includes a school and aquatic centre, RCMP said.

A passenger had climbed out of the helicopter and bought an ice cream cake, RCMP said.

The landing was not an emergency, it added.

While the pilot was licensed, it was illegal to land the helicopter in the area.

A 34-year-old man from Leroy was charged with one count of dangerous operation of an aircraft. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2,000 and five years in jail.