Fine for man who taxied plane down Newman street and stopped at pub

A 37-year-old man who taxied his light plane down the main street in the WA Pilbara town of Newman and parked it at a pub has been fined.

Anthony Philip Whiteway pleaded guilty in the Newman Magistrates Court to committing an act likely to endanger the life, health or safety of a person.

The plane had no wings, but its propeller had been running when it was taxied down the street earlier this month.

Mr Whiteway had just bought the aircraft and was taking it home when he stopped at the Newman Hotel.

Police said there was an exposed fuel line hanging from the side of the plane that was attached to an insecure jerry-can inside the cabin to enable the engine to run.

They said Mr Whiteway, who does not hold a pilot’s licence, left the engine in a potentially dangerous condition with the ignition on.

He was fined $5,000 plus court and towage costs — via

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