A Delhi businessman was killed after he was hit by his two-seater aircraft near the outskirts of Meerut today.
The owner of the micro-light private plane, Yogesh Garg, a resident of Delhi, was reportedly killed at around 11 am while he was trying to take pictures of the aircraft when it was landing.
According to reports, Mr Garg had come to the airport with two of his friends, but chose not to fly and asked his friends instead to take a small flight as clicked pictures from the ground. As the plane was about to land, Mr Garg reportedly got dangerously close and was hit by one of the rotor blades. According to reports, he suffered major injuries on his head and died on the spot.
Anil Thapa, spokesman of Pankh Aviation, which runs the flying club, said the wing and a wheel of the plane was damaged in the incident, but its pilot Anil Gupta and his colleague Purvi escaped unhurt.
The district administration has reportedly ordered a probe, which would also cover the alleged lapse by the civil aviation authorities as Mr Garg was allowed to go on to the runway. The police said they also were trying to find out who allowed Mr Garg to come on the runway and take pictures.
Official sources said that the BR Ambedkar air strip in Partapur is not used for commercial purposes and is used by businessmen off and on, who have their private planes parked in the hangar.