WGN Investigates

Morris pilot grounded for air field incident

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: WGN TV

MORRIS, Ill. - The Federal Aviation Administration has found fault with the actions of a politically connected crop duster who operates out of a small city owned airport in Morris, IL.
WGN Investigates first reported on the air field confrontation between Sid Nelson and two other pilots in August of 2017. Cell phone video showed Nelson landing at the Morris airport and then jumping out of his yellow crop duster and getting in the faces of a flight instructor and student pilot preparing for take off yards from the runway.
“You've heard of road rage - but this was more akin to runway rage,” said pilot John O'Connor. His student pilot that day told a similar story. “I'd never seen a face on a human being look like that,” Nick Scholtes said. “He was just livid.” The two say Nelson violently shook their plane all the while propellers of both aircraft continued to spin.
The FAA just released the findings of its investigations into the incident. “Your operation as described... was careless or reckless so as to...

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