The South Asian Times

20 October 2018 01:15 AM

Owner Hit By Plane On Runway, Die

Meerut : A 40-year-old Delhi-based businessman was killed Saturday at the Partapur air strip here after being hit by a microlite plane he owned as he clicked its pictures.

Police said the plane - VT-UAG - belonged to consultancy firm owner Mukesh Garg, the victim.

Official sources said the government-owned B.R. Ambedkar air strip was not used for commercial purposes and was used off and on for joy rides by businessmen and real estate owners whose small planes were parked in the hangar, some 70 km from Delhi.

The victim came to the airport for a joy ride with friends and family members Saturday. But he chose not to fly and asked his friends to take the small flight as he shot their pictures from the ground.

The two friends, after a 15-minute flight, were set to land around 11 a.m. when Garg apparently got dangerously close to the air strip and was hit by one of the rotor blades.

Garg suffered serious gashes on his head and slumped on the strip. By the time the plane halted and people rushed to the spot, he had died.

Pilot Anil Gupta and his colleague in the plane Purvi received minor injuries while the front wheel and a rotor blade of the plane were damaged, said Anil Thapa, spokesman of Pankh Aviation which runs the flying club with which Garg was associated.

The district administration has ordered a probe, which would also cover the apparent lapse by civil aviation authorities because of which Garg was allowed to go on to the runway.

District Magistrate Vikas Gothawal said he had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident including the rights of Pankh Aviation.

An inquiry would be conducted to find out whether Pankh Aviation observed safety and aviation rules. The criminal aspect of the probe would be looked into by police.

Police said the matter was being investigated and they were trying to find out who allowed Garg to come close to the runway and take pictures.


Update: 15 May, 2012