It’s not in the Koran, but according to various hadith Mohammed was transported from Mecca to Jerusalem in a single night on the back of a miraculous flying horse named Buraq.
In a tragic incident that occurred early this morning in Ontario, another Mohammad took to the skies in a stolen two-seater plane, only to be killed a little while later when the plane crashed during an attempted emergency landing. The young pilot is said to have had mental health issues (surprise!), so maybe he imagined that he had mounted his very own Buraq when he took to the air in Peterborough. Rather than Jerusalem, however, he seems to have been bound for Ottawa, based on his aborted flight path.
Or maybe young Mohammad Hassan Chaudhary intended to wage jihad with the stolen plane. The RCMP doesn’t think so, though; it says there’s no connection with terrorism (another surprise!). All that’s left at this point is for investigators to discover that Master Chaudhary was bullied at school.
In any case, the incident has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.
The following news video features an interview with Mohammad Chaudhary’s father:
Below are excerpts from an article in The Toronto Sun about the incident:
Fatal Plane Crash in Peterborough, Ont., Not a National Security Issue: RCMP
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — The RCMP has clarified its role in the ongoing investigation into the fatal crash of a stolen plane in Peterborough last Friday after a broadcast report linked its investigation to national security concerns.
“The RCMP is providing assistance to local police to determine circumstance of the crash. We don’t have any information to indicate any link with national security at this point,” reads a statement issued to Postmedia Network Thursday evening.
York Regional police told The Canadian Press the Mounties are part of the investigation into the crash — which claimed the life of 20-year-old Mohammad Hassan Chaudhary of Markham — “from an aviation point of view” as part of an ongoing probe into the incident.
Staff Sgt. David Mitchell would not comment on reports that Chaudhary had previously faced criminal charges, saying only that the man has “a bit of a history.”
Mitchell said police would examine the background of anyone involved in such an unusual crime, noting that plane theft is “very rare.”
“We know (Chaudhary) has a bit of a history, and how did he get his hands on this plane or why did he take the plane?” he said.
He said someone with little piloting experience could likely still handle flying a small aircraft such as the one that crashed.
“If you’ve got some flight computer skills, flight simulation and stuff like that on the computer, you can get a pretty good handle on it,” he said. “Landing is where you need all the practice.”
The level of local police involvement will be determined as the investigation continues, city police stated Tuesday.
The crash occurred at about 1:20 a.m. Friday when a two-seat Piper Tomahawk with the designation C-FSYH stolen from a Markham airfield crashed at Lansdowne and High streets near Lansdowne Place Mall in what’s believed was an attempted emergency landing.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.