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Wednesday, 14 June, 2000, 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK
Swayze 'had alcohol on plane'
Patrick Swayze's plane
Patrick Swayze's plane came to rest on a deserted road
Three men have been charged by police after allegedly helping film star Patrick Swayze to remove beer and wine from his crashed plane.

The men were accused of giving false information after initially saying they had not witnessed the accident on 1 June.

Swayze, 47, was forced to crash-land his 22-year-old twin-engine Cessna plane in a deserted street in Prescott Valley, Central Arizona.


Patrick Swayze
Three men said they helped Swayze remove alcohol from his plane

He escaped unhurt, but ripped off a section of the wing after clipping a pole on the way down.

The actor contacted the Federal Aviation Administration after landing and told them he had pressurisation problems.

But police were unable to question him for 12 hours, when he finally replied to messages they had left on his mobile phone.

Evidence

Brian Nelson, Adam Martin and Joshua Angel told police they helped Swayze carry a half-empty 30-pack of beers and a near-empty bottle of wine from the plane.

They said they then took him to a nearby hotel.

A police spokesman said there was not enough evidence to charge Swayze - best known for his roles in Ghost and Dirty Dancing.


Part of Patrick Swayze's plane
A section of the wing was ripped off after Swayze's plane clipped a pole

The National Transportation Safety Board had instructed police to get a toxicology report, but investigators found no evidence of alcohol in the plane.

Swayze's publicist Annet Wolf insisted the three men were lying. "It's unfortunate that there were people there who felt the need to say what they said," she added.

The star is one of a number of celebrities to be involved in a plane crash in recent months.

Jockey Frankie Dettori broke an ankle and burned his hands when the aircraft he was in crashed in flames at Newmarket racetrack on Thursday and Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard walked away unhurt from a smash earlier this year.

US golf star Payne Stewart and five friends died last October when his private plane lost pressure after taking off from Florida.

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