Talk about a marriage proposal that could have crashed and burned.
Last February, a pilot took his girlfriend on a scenic tour in the skies above Chicago and faked an air emergency to get her to say “I do.”
The groom-to-be, Ryan Thompson, secretly filmed the faked death defying adventure in their small plane and posted the video online earlier this week.
The video contains no dialogue and instead uses a mixture of dramatic music and captions to describe the events. At the beginning, the happy couple are seen smiling while Carlie Kennedy reads a yellow preflight checklist.
“I thought he was surprising me for Valentine’s Day,” Kennedy told ABC News. “It was a gorgeous day, as you can see in the video.”
But then the plane starts to shake and Kennedy’s face turns grave as she looks to Thompson for support.
“All of a sudden, I felt my stomach kind of go up in my throat and I realized we were heading straight for the water,” Kennedy said. “And then he [Thompson] said, ‘Honey, I need you to stay calm. The flight controls aren’t working.’”
He hands her a pink emergency checklist which she reads, still deathly serious.
“Unresponsive flight controls… ,” she begins before finally getting to the last instruction, “The checklist is complete and it says that the rings may be unengaged…and to initiate the ring engagement procedure.”
“Pilot in command. Determine if he is a good mate. Note: he will always love and honor you,” she continues, still somber as Thompson reaches into his pocket for the ring.
Finally she reads the question, “Will you marry me?” whereupon she stops, stunned, before coverings her face and bursting into laughter.
“Will you marry me?” he asks.
She said yes and the rest of the flight was smooth sailing.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
~ William Shakespeare