Man Stages Plane Crash for April Fool’s Joke

Business owner decided to play a prank on local residents

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013  |  Updated 11:17 PM PDT
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Plane Crash Staged for April Fool's Day

Courtesy of The Press-Enterprise

Cheesman staged the plane crash at his storefront in Yucaipa.

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A Yucaipa business owner staged an elaborate April Fool’s joke on Monday when he made it look like a small plane crashed into his store, according to a report from The Press-Enterprise.

Billy Cheeseman Jr., who owns Redlands-Yucaipa Rentals at 34355 Yucaipa Blvd., used a forklift to arrange the small aircraft atop a fence surrounding his store. He also added yellow caution tape to make it seem more real.

“I thought it would be a fun thing to do,” he told The Press-Enterprise.

He alerted the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department about the joke so they could answer any calls about the incident.

The plane, which is not safe to fly, was recently given to Cheesman. He told The Press-Enterprise he was trying to figure out what to do with it when he decided it would make a great April Fool’s joke. 

He set it up by 5 a.m. on Monday – just in time for the morning commute.

“A couple people called me up and said they couldn’t believe what they saw,” Cheesman told The Press-Enterprise. “I’ve gotten a lot of pictures. I’ve really gotten nothing but positive feedback.”

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