PHOTO: Riverside man creates fake plane crash scene in elaborate April Fools' Day joke

Billy Cheesman notified authorities of the prank

YUCAIPA, Calif. - It's the plane crash that wasn't in Riverside.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports a Yucaipa businessman staged an elaborate April Fools' Day joke on Monday.

Billy Cheesman Jr. used a forklift to arrange a small aircraft on the fence that runs in front of his equipment rental business, as if it had nosedived there.

He also strung yellow caution tape around to make it resemble a crash scene.

Cheesman said someone gave him the two-seat experimental plane and he's been trying to figure out what to do with it.

He notified the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department before he set up the prank at Redlands Yucaipa Rentals.

Cheesman told 10News he's had more publicity from the prank than five years of being in the phonebook.

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