Investigation Launched After "Successful Trial Run" of Detachable Landing Gear

Funny story written by The San Francisco Onion

Saturday, 16 May 2009

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"Just who do these turkeys think they're kidding, anyway?" asked FAA inspector Mr. E. Solved

BUFFALO, NY - Pinochle Airlines was quick to issue a press release when one of its plane's wheels fell off and rolled away upon touching down at Buffalo Niagara International Airport earlier this week. According to the release, Pinochle claims "complete success" in having tested a prototype representing "the future of detachable landing gear."

However, an anonymous tip led to the discovery that several of the people penning the press release also drafted North Korean propaganda announcing the successful launch of a communications satellite when, in fact, they had merely crashed an experimental rocket into the Pacific Ocean, as documented by successfully launched US satellites that watched the debacle. This calls into question the truthfulness of Pinochle Airlines' earlier statements.

Furthermore, indications that the aircraft "had not been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer and Federated Airplane Administration procedures" was noticed earlier in the day at another airport. There, witnesses claim to have heard the sounds of Nate Dogg singing "we gon' rock it 'til the wheels come off" as the plane bounced up and down on what they say appeared to be an enormous hydraulic lift kit.

In view of these latest findings, the FAA has launched a streamlined investigation into the incident, seeking "the plane truth," and hoping to smooth out any turbulence the incident has caused in the news media.

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