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Helicopter pilot arrested for buzzing cars

Thomas Vorstman charged with operating aircraft in reckless manner

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A helicopter pilot was arrested Saturday after deputies said they spotted him flying just a few feet above cars traveling in the area of West U.S. 192 in Kissimmee.

Deputies said Thomas Vorstman was so close to the cars that if a passenger van or semitruck were traveling in the same direction, there would have been a collision with the helicopter.

Osceola County deputies waited for Vorstman at the helicopter air pad, but when he returned he would not exit the aircraft. They said due to safety concerns, they were not able to approach him.

[Scroll below to watch videos of Vorstman flying chopper]

Vorstman reportedly took off in the helicopter but returned five minutes later and met with deputies.

Vorstman told deputies he'd "had a heavy load," which was why he was flying so low over traffic, but the owner of the company, Orlando HeliTours, told deputies their pilots have procedures that contradicted Vorstman's actions.

Vorstman was arrested and charged with operating an aircraft in a reckless manner without violence. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail.

Vorstman was also terminated from the company.


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