“FUI”:  Flying Under the Influence… It’s NOT a good idea. Intoxicated Man Crashes his Plane into a Shed at the end of a FL Runway with his 10 y/o Son Passenger. Meet 57 y/o Christopher… Scroll down to read more!

Meet 57 y/o Christopher Hall of Satellite Beach, FL.  That’s his mug shot below…

On Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 Chris intended to take flight accompanied by his ten (10) y/o son in his twin-engine Cessna Skymaster from the Melbourne, FL airport and was headed to Dayton, Ohio to allegedly visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, but he never made it off the ground.  Instead, Chris piloted – er steered – his plane directly into a shed, with the left-wing of the airplane crashing into a “small tower shed at the end of the runway”, bringing the journey to an abrupt halt.

The incident did not come as a surprise to the air traffic controller who was assisting Chris in his take off as the audio recording of the tower-to-pilot conversation went like this:  Controller: “Okay 32 Mike {“32 Mike” refers to the tail number of the plane that Chris was efforting at piloting}, where are you going sir?  (Hearing no response…} Skymaster 32 Mike, is everything alright sir?  32 Mike, turn your engines off.  Twin Cessna 32 Mike, turn your engines off sir… kill your… kill your engines.” Per reports in his responses to the controller Chris’ voice was “noticeably slurred”.

Shortly after the plane came to a stop police and fire crews responded.  Per Lt. Pete Mercaldo of the Melboune PD:  “There were minor injuries reported”, the odor of an alcoholic beverage was apparent on Chris’ breath, and, Chris “had bloodshot eyes”, was “flushed and sweating”, seemed disoriented and refused to either supply identification to take any sobriety tests.  Apparently, even as the plane’s engines continued to hum, Chris’ son told cops to look inside of his father’s bag, and when they dis so they found a “nearly half full bottle of cognac, and unopened bottle of wine and a plastic bottle filled with a clear liquid which had the odor of alcohol.”  As Chris was arrested and taken to the Brevard County, Florida Jail for “reckless operation of a vessel” child abuse without harm authorities had to call in DCF to deal with his ten (10) y/o son.  Authorities reached out to the child’s mother and Chris’ wife Jeannine Hall, who is an anesthesiologist and who happened to be in Hawaii at the time.  Jeannine reportedly advised the authorities that she was not at all surprised as her husband has a drinking problem and that he was known to consume alcohol in the mornings before flying.  Why she took no action to stop him, especially in doing so with her son, is unknown.
Chris not only faces felony criminal charges in Florida but he also is the subject of an FAA investigation as federal guidelines prohibit pilots from flying aircraft within eight (8) hours of consuming any alcoholic beverage, much less flying while actively under the influence.  Further, it’s a foregone conclusion that Chris will also be defending himself against DCF in Dependency Court (which should be among any parent’s rock bottom worst nightmares) and he is like to be hauled into Family Court by Jeannine (who, herself, has some ‘splainin’ to do…. Again, if she knew that her hubby had a drinking issue and that he was prone to FUI – flying under the influence – then wtf was she thinking in allowing for even the possibility that her son could wind up in a plane with his father?)  In the interim Chris has bonded out of jail and his son is in the temporary custody of a “longtime” family friend.

When it comes to the subject of drinking and driving (OR FLYING), the best advice that you are ever going to hear is:  “Don’t do it!  Get a DD (Designated Driver), not a DUI”.

Be smart{er than Christopher Hall}: Don’t drink (OR FLY) and drive, but, if you do, just say “NO{thing}”, don’t blow (in FL your 2nd subsequent refusal is a crime) and call me stat at 305-381-8686, 305-798-2220 or 1-888-SHARK-8-1.

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