The pilot of a light plane which buzzed the United Nations building in New York on Tuesday (9 October) could face up to a year in jail.
The pilot of a light plane which buzzed the United Nations building in New York on Tuesday (9 October) could face up to a year in jail. Sixty-one year old Australian author Robert Baudin was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after coming down from his three hour flight. His protest was actually aimed at a nearby publishing firm but when his plane came too close to the U.N. building, the order was given to evacuate.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first time in the U.N.'s history that the headquarters had been evacuated. Fire alarms range throughout the building and General Assembly delegates and office workers alike filed into the basement and out onto the streets. The incident came at a time when security was already tight for the visit of Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.
There've been a number of death threats against Mr. Castro and at first it was thought the low flying pilot might be connected with a Cuban exile group.
Even U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim had to wait outside until the all clear was given. In fact, Baudin had meant to fly around the nearby offices of his publisher. After landing he said he was angry because his latest book hadn't been given enough publicity. Ten years ago Baudin buzzed the Sydney harbour Bridge in Australia...he was arrested that time too.