Completely Out of Character

by The Discovering Alcoholic on May 25, 2008

”Completely out of character”, that is how an associate described the reckless behavior of Wairoa Aero Club members Antony Donald Bell, 30, and Darren John McNay, 39 which resulted in a plane crash that claimed both their lives.

Authorities are trying to piece together the events that led up to the fatal crash and of course since you are reading it here; alcohol is considered a factor in the accident. Ask any police officer or parent for that matter and they will almost inevitably tell you that rarely anything thing that occurs between the hours of two and six AM is legit, legal, or safe. So it should come at no surprise that police believe the pilot and his passenger had been drinking at a party before deciding to take to the skies at 3 o’clock in the morning.

The microlight plane was not designed for night flying and it’s illegal to do so. It was raining. There was lightning. It was foggy. Officials described the ill fated night as having the ”worst possible” flying conditions, especially when you throw a few drinks into the mix.

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“We are shocked because Antony especially was really responsible in the position that he has with the instructing. He was always … on the ball and being conscientious about safety, so it’s a very big surprise about what happened. Mr. Tollison said he was aware that there would be a perception of two reckless young guys going out for a joyride flight after a few drinks, but what happened was “completely out of character”. ~ NZ Herald

From the quote above, I find it hard to believe that anyone would find it a “very big surprise” that after a night of drinking that someone could do something “completely out of character”. I guess things are the same in New Zealand as they are here where apparently it is acceptable to die from drunken stupid behavior as long as one doesn’t have a “problem” with alcohol.

Both men leave behind widows, one pregnant and the other with kids.

True to form in a world that acts as if the death and destruction caused by alcohol is rare and anything but routine and predictable, at the bottom of this New Zealand Herald article was this ad:

After all, it certainly would be “out of character” if as a society we let reality get in the way of our drinking.

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