Novel Bouquet Toss Brings Down Plane in Italy

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2009 4:33 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A wedding bouquet in Italy failed to predict the next bride-to-be, but it did succeed in downing a small plane, the Guardian reports. Hoping to spice up the proceedings, the wedding party entrusted the bouquet to a man who flew overhead in an ultra-light aircraft. When he attempted to cast the flowers down to waiting unwed women, they fouled the propeller instead and sent the plane spiraling to the ground. Luckily, no fatalities resulted.

The plane narrowly missed the restaurant in Suvereto, near Pisa, where the wedding was held and a hostel where 50 travelers were gathered. The pilot of the ultra-light was unharmed, but his passenger—the bouquet thrower—suffered two broken legs and injuries to the head and face. The bouquet’s trip through the tail rotor caused an explosion in the motor that robbed the plane of power.