A Newman man who taxied a plane to the local pub has been charged over the incident.
The 37-year-old man took his wingless Beechcraft two-seater aircraft down the main street on Friday to the amusement of bystanders who clamoured to take pictures with mobile phones.
The pilot then went in the pub and ordered a cold one.
He does not hold a pilot's licence and was charged with endangering a life. He will appear in Newman Magistrate's Court on November 18.
Earlier today Sgt Mark McKenzie said the plane had its propeller running, its wings removed and was being steered by foot pedals on Friday.
“It was a pretty stupid thing to do,” Sgt McKenzie said.
“Kids were coming home from school. It could have been very ugly.
“All he needed was one gust of wind ... because without the wings, it’s not stable.
“People think it was a bit of a laugh but it was very dangerous and we’re not very happy with it.”
On Friday, Shire of East Pilbara airport compliance manager George Christianson said the plane which appeared at Newman Hotel's Purple Pub at 2.30pm, in what is understood to have been a Halloween prank, fast became the talk of the town.
"It's certainly caused a lot of banter and a fair few laughs ... we've no idea where it came from, but it's now parked up in the carpark of the pub," he said.
"It's definitely been the cause of a lot of chatter."
Hotel staff dubbed the man a "legend" for his casual arrival, which attracted a crowd of more than 200 people armed with cameras and iPhones.
Hotel manager Timaia Gulliver said pub staff who served the man were unaware of his unconventional mode of transport until police arrived.
The plane was towed away from the carpark and the man was questioned by officers. Witnesses saw the man being patted down by police outside the pub.
At the time, Newman police Sgt Mark Garner said officers were investigating whether the man had committed an offence and charges were pending.
Sgt Garner said the man passed a breath-test at the scene, the plane did not leave the ground or cause any traffic accidents.
"He is one of our local characters," he said.
"I need to look at what the appropriate offence would be as it's a bit of an unusual one."