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Maryland pilot's flight path spells out profane COVID-19 message

A Maryland pilot used his flight path to express frustration with the coronavirus pandemic by spelling out [expletive] COVID-19. Photo by Qwertyair/Pixabay.com
A Maryland pilot used his flight path to express frustration with the coronavirus pandemic by spelling out "[expletive] COVID-19." Photo by Qwertyair/Pixabay.com

May 1 (UPI) -- A Maryland pilot expressed frustration with the coronavirus pandemic by using a 194-mile flight path to spell out "[expletive] COVID-19."

The profane message, which can be seen on aviation tracking websites flightradar24.com and flightaware.com, took about two hours to spell out during the Tuesday afternoon flight over the Aberdeen area.

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The Piper PA-28 Cherokee aircraft took off from Harford County Airport at 4:02 p.m. and landed at the same airport at 5:51 p.m.

The plane is registered to Dean Hines of Baltimore County, and was piloted Tuesday by his son, Greggor Hines, 19.

"We'd just got a new compass in the airplane, and I just had to check it out somehow," Hines told The Washingtonian.

Hines said he used the opportunity to "express how I felt" about the virus.

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