Springfield pilot accused of low flight over YSU game
A Springfield Township man has been accused of flying a small, private plane close to Stambaugh Stadium during a Youngstown State University football game.
Christopher Wilkinson appeared for arraignment Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court on charges of inducing panic and disorderly conduct.
YSU Police filed the charges after Wilkinson allegedly flew a single-engine Cessna close to the press box and stadium lights while fans were watching the September 28 game against Robert Morris.
Youngstown State University police notified the FAA immediately who then launched an investigation on who it was and why they did it.
The owner of the plane told 21 News he was not flying the plane but rented it out to a man he says usually flies jets for a living.
According to FAA records, Wilkinson is a commercial pilot licensed to fly private planes and land multi-engine aircraft,
Wilkinson pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court again on January 7.