Kennedy and Thompson in the middle of the pilot's prank proposal (YouTube)
Commercial pilot Ryan Thompson took his girlfriend, Carlie Kennedy, for a ride in a small aircraft to view the Chicago skyline. What Kennedy didn't know was that Thompson had concocted an elaborate and terrifying prank as a prelude to his marriage proposal.
Midway through their flight, Thompson told Kennedy that the plane was experiencing a serious malfunction and asked her to read the emergency instruction manual.
"At that moment, I genuinely thought something was wrong with the plane, and that we were going to crash," Kennedy, 28, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
As the plane appears to be descending out of control, Kennedy reads the phony emergency instructions, which instruct the passengers to begin the, "Ring Engagement Procedure."
Kennedy still thinks she's reading a genuine emergency response plan and continues reading the next step of instructions, which say," "Determine if he is a good mate," and "Note: He will always love and honor you."
"I genuinely did believe that we were going to die," Kennedy told ABC News. "I felt like our lives depended on me making it through that checklist."
Thompson told the paper that they were never in danger and said he was amused by Kennedy's fearful response. "It was just maybe the equivalent of hitting a light pocket of turbulence," he said. "It just got a little worry out of Carlie. It was pretty funny."
After the couple landed safely, Thompson revealed that he filmed the entire incident with an in-flight, hidden camera. He has since uploaded the video to YouTube, which he entitled, "In Descent Proposal." It has become a viral hit, generating more than two million views in less than a week.
Amazingly, Kennedy not only accepted the proposal from Thompson, 31, but said she wasn't even upset with him over the prank. "I was never angry, not even for a second," she told the Sun-Times.
Watch the full proposal video:
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