It wasn’t exactly the welcome they were expecting. When you’re on your way to a wedding the last thing you want to do is land in jail. As the private chopper hired to deliver Billal Hossein, his wife and three children to a family wedding in Bangladesh touched down, something about the huge squad of tough looking men did not look like their friends. Guards swarming in from every direction with assault weapons pointed at them made it seem that maybe they were in the wrong place. Their pilot had just accidentally landed in Kasimpur high security prison.
Heavily armed guards surrounded the copter while the passengers were removed. As soon as the family was out, the pilot was told to get the contraption out of there before the prisoners got any ideas.
It only took a short time for jail officials to make sure the intruders really were a family headed for a local wedding and not terrorists out to jail break one of the many hardcore criminals housed at the super-max fortress. “This happened by mistake but the incident made us concerned as there are intelligence reports that terrorists could launch attacks to free militant inmates from this jail,” said Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin.
You can’t blame the Brigadier for being a little edgy. With responsibility for over 2,000 male prisoners detained in several buildings, keeping everything in perfect order is a necessity. The full sized helicopter headed right at them must have been unnerving.
Prison wardens have been having enough problems with drones lately, which is bad enough. Prisons world wide are constantly confronted with smuggling problems. Drugs and escape tools the usual contraband. Lately, cell phones have become the hottest item in the prison yard, allowing inmates crucial access to the outside world. Now that drones can handle the weight of phones, guns are a scary possibility. An incoming full size chopper looked like the start of a very bad day. After the mistake was sorted out, the family was allowed to join their party.
Arriving at a wedding in style has people going to greater and greater lengths of one upmanship. Limos are so passe these days, a much better way to make an entrance is rent a Ferrari or Maserati. Maybe even a 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom II complete with chauffeur. The ultimate impression lately is private helicopter. “If you really want to be audacious, arrive to the ceremony or reception by helicopter. Is it the most practical way to get to somewhere? Probably not — but it’d be fast, and would it ever make a statement.” Those considering it are advised to make sure to wear a hat or be ready for a restyle when you arrive.
Along with the ability to turn heads, helicopters have a safety factor to consider as well. Rosemere do Nascimento Silva wanted to surprise her fiancée. “All brides have a dream and hers was to arrive by helicopter to their wedding without anyone knowing,” one of her friends who organized her wedding said.
The flight was only supposed to last about 15 minutes. Rosemere’s brother Silvano was with her and they brought the wedding photographer to shoot some good footage of the arrival.
About a mile from the site of the ceremony, the chopper went down in a wooded area. The 300 guests heard the news of a nearby “plane crash” but nobody knew it was related. Only six of the guests knew the bride was coming in by air. The groom was not expecting it.
Wedding organizer Eduardo Batista helped set it up. He heard by phone the copter had taken off as scheduled. When it did not arrive at the nearby football field he started to worry. Weather may have been a factor with visibility reduced by rain and fog which may have led the pilot to hit a tree. Eight fire engines arrived too late to save the occupants. The photographer, Nayla Cristina Neves was six months pregnant.