Update: Ryder Cup Lake Landing

By: Rob Harris

We wrote several months ago about the d lawsuit brought by two men against the Chaska, Minnesota police department and its chief, arising out of their arrest for landing a float plane on a lake adjacent to the 2016 Ryder Cup that, at the time, was underway at Hazeltine.

Having been called “imbecilic” and “stupid” by the police chief, the men sued for defamation and violation of their civil rights.

With a local newspaper conducting an investigation, it has been told by the Federal Aviation Administration that, consistent with the story told by the pilot, there are no records of the Chaska municipal government asking that the airspace over and around Hazeltine be closed during the tournament.

If true, this may tilt the scales toward a more favorable settlement for the pilot and his passenger.

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