Dropping turkeys from planes triggers Arkansas festival flap

2017-10-14 08:35


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Little Rock - Organisers of a northern Arkansas festival are hoping that a "phantom pilot" won't pass over their small city this weekend and drop live turkeys, as has been done for decades.

Thousands of people have written to complain about the Yellville Turkey Trot. Although the festival sponsors no longer sanction the turkey drop, local pilots have flown over the community and dropped birds.

The Federal Aviation Administration says an inspector found that the birds do not pose a hazard to people or property, so the agency will not intervene. State police say any investigation by them likely wouldn't occur until after a flight, and that they don't have the authority to stop anyone from flying with a turkey aboard their plane.

Wild turkeys can fly, but typically only from tree top to tree top.


Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.