Saturday, March 08, 2014

Directorate General of Civil Aviation orders seizure of Verma's pilot's license: Cessna 172, VT-EUC

BHOPAL: Director general of civil aviation (DGCA) has asked Betul district collector to seize private pilot license (PPL) of the pilot who had landed a private aircraft on National Highway (NH) 69 near Milanpur village on December 31. 

The aircraft, owned by NRI businessman Sam Verma, made an emergency landing, blocking traffic on the highway. It was supposed to land at the runway inside Verma's tyre factory, nearby but strong winds forced the pilot to make emergency landing on highway.

Only the pilot of aircraft, Jacob, was on board when plane landed on highway, sources said.

Collector R K Mishra told TOI, "DGCA has asked us to seize PPL of pilot and send it to them. I have asked the SP to get it".

Industrialist Sam verma - whose private pilot license (PPL) lapsed way back in 2001 - claimed he wasn't flying that day and it was his pilot, Jacob, in the cockpit.

Mishra had ordered a separate probe against Verma. Reportedly, the same plane is said to have made a similar landing on the highway on December 23.


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