May 05, 2006

Villagers can't fly without permission

A villager in Uttar Pradesh designed a 3.5 metre long two seater helicopter using parts of tractor, scooter and autorickshaw. But before the budding scientist could take off, the Indian Police, which is usually late, arrived exactly on time and arrested Mustkeem.

He was eventually released after promising that he would not fly the machine which cost the vegetable seller Rs 50,000. District Magistrate G D Tripathi said Mustkeem had not taken permission for the test-flying and had been asked to approach the Civil Aviation Ministry to present his case.

I'm so happy the Wright Brothers were not born in India.


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