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Pilot without licence lands plane on Indian highway

Published on Jan 2, 2014 9:14 PM
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Indian officials and bystanders gather around a light aircraft after it landed on a public highway in Betul, some 50km south of Bhopal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, on Dec 31, 2013. A wealthy businessman who landed his private plane on a highway in central India this week had been flying without a licence, reports said on Thursday, Jan 2, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A wealthy businessman who landed his private plane on a highway in central India this week had been flying without a licence, reports said on Thursday.

The four-seater plane landed safely on the four-lane highway in the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh state on Tuesday after becoming caught in rough weather, reports said.

Video footage showed it descending over trees and power poles before coming in for a bumpy landing on the highway, about 180 kilometres from state capital Bhopal.

A small crowd of people gathered around the Piper Navajo plane as trucks and police cars pulled up nearby.

 
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