EAA Member's 'In Descent Proposal' Goes Viral
Carlie Kennedy reacts to the supposed in-flight emergency...
but ultimately said "yes" to Ryan Thompson's airborne marriage proposal.
October 1, 2012 - A video of an EAA member proposing to his girlfriend in a GA airplane while feigning an in-flight emergency has gone viral, giving the now-engaged couple a fair dose of fame on the national landscape. Ryan Thompson, EAA 1096853, from Chicago, and his fiancée Carlie Kennedy have already appeared on ABC's Good Morning America thanks to the popularity of the video In Descent Proposal, which at last count was approaching 1.4 million views on YouTube. On Monday afternoon the couple was rushing to board a plane to California where they will tape a segment for Ellen on Tuesday.
"It's really amazing," Thompson said of experiencing the so-called "15 minutes of fame." "We're both doing our best to enjoy it."
Thompson mounted a GoPro camera in the Diamond DA40 he was piloting, using subtitles to explain what was happening on the screen. During the flight, which took place on February 11, 2012, he says to her, "Honey, I need you to stay calm. The flight controls aren't working," which clearly shook Kennedy. He calmly told her to read him the emergency checklist which describes a "ring engagement procedure." The fake checklist concludes with "Will You Marry Me?"
"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 told ABC News. "I genuinely did believe that we were going to die. I felt like our lives depended on me making it through that checklist."
Watch this week's e-Hotline for an exclusive conversation with the happy couple, after their appearance on Ellen.