Pilots of a chartered jet carrying 289 Gambian soccer fans faked the need for an emergency landing in Peru so passengers could watch their nation's team play a key match, officials said Wednesday. The plane, claiming to be low on fuel, landed Tuesday in Peru's northern coast city of Piura, where Gambia played Qatar in the FIFA Under-17 World Championships later that night. Emergency crews were scrambled ahead of the Lockhead L1011 Tri-Star's unscheduled landing. It was to have landed in the capital, Lima.
How important is soccer? Really important, especially if you're not an American. Incidentally, I spent the first half of my junior year in high school as an exchange student in the city where the plane made its "emergency landing," Piura. I'd love to go back some day, but I think it might just be too damn hot there.
Link to AP story at Yahoo news.