Zee Media Bureau
Betul, Madhya Pradesh: A 4-seater Cessna plane owned by NRI businessman Sam Verma made an emergency landing on a busy national highway near Betul in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
As per reports, the plane was scheduled to land at a nearby airstrip owned by Verma but strong winds dragged the plane in the opposite direction, forcing the pilot to land the plane on the four-lane NH 69, around 200 kilometres from Bhopal.
Miraculously, the pilot managed to avoid collision with any vehicle on the highway. However, traffic was blocked for over 30 minutes, reports claimed.
A English news channel quoted Verma as saying that construction of pillars near his factory by the highway authorities caused the diversion and he has now left his plane on the highway in protest.
Verma has reportedly said that he wants to resolve the matter with the highway authority before he removes the plane.
Verma is a known aviation enthusiast. He had once flown a four-seater aircraft from Betul to Nagpur using a bio-fuel made from maize and jowar.
In 2002, Verma had a narrow escape when the landing wheels of a four-seater Piper PA-30 aircraft flown by him did not open and the plane made an emergency landing at Nagpur airport.