FAA investigating after floatplane lands at Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. - A man who tried to get the best seats to watch Sunday's Ryder Cup finale is now under investigation by federal authorities. 

A spokesperson with the FAA says an investigation is open into the incident after a pilot landed his small plane on Lake Hazeltine near Hole 7, but that there weren't any temporary flight restrictions over that area. Still, authorities with the city say that lake is private and not accessible to the public.  

The plane is registered to Trudair LLC, of Chaska, with an address listed that's not far from Hazeltine National.

The single-engine Piper plane, a 0-320 series, flew onto the lake around 2:30 p.m., during the final day of competition between the European and American teams. 

Chaska Police say the pilot and his passenger were removed by officers from the plane and cited, after authorities took a rowboat out to the plane. The plane remained on site while the competition continued and was removed once the event was over.

Witnesses say play was briefly interrupted during the incident.  


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