January 16, 1996 ~
Jamaican police mistake Jimmy Buffett for a drug smuggler and shoot at his seaplane after it lands in the water. Bono of U2 is on board with his family.
The plane is hit a few times, shattering the windshield and doing damage to the fuselage, but no one is hurt. “It was absolutely terrifying and I honestly thought we were all going to die,” Bono says.
Because he’s one of the best storytellers around, Buffett turns the incident into the song “Jamaica Mistaica,” where he sings:
We had only come for chicken
We were not the ganja plane
Well you should have seen their faces
When they finally realized
We were not some coked-up cowboys
Sportin’ guns and alibisJimmy Buffett, Jamaica Mistaica