City businessman hit by plane on runway near Meerut, dies

The body of Yogesh Garg

A Delhi-based businessman, Yogesh Garg, was killed after he was hit by a two-seater microlight aircraft at the Dr B R Ambedkar airstrip in Meerut's Partapur locality on Saturday morning.

Pilot Anil Gupta and Garg's colleague Poorvi Aggarwal who were in the aircraft escaped unhurt, said police.

Police said the plane VT-UAG belonged to Yogesh Garg. Eyewitnesses reportedly told police that Garg was clicking pictures of the aircraft from the runway while it was landing. He was allegedly hit by one of the wings of the aircraft and died on the spot. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

The family of Garg, meanwhile, has reportedly filed a petition with the Meerut police stating that they did not blame anyone and that Garg's death was an accident.

"Pilot Anil Gupta said the aircraft was owned by Garg, who runs a flying academy in Delhi. Gupta also said that Garg had given this particular plane to Pankh Aviation Academy," Neeraj Shukla, Additional District Magistrate, Meerut, said.

Suhkla added that the inquiry would look into how Garg was allowed to use the airstrip and who had allowed him to come on the runway to click pictures.

Shukla said the district administration had not allowed anyone or any flying academy to use the airstrip.

Officials said Garg had come to Meerut on Friday night along with two of his friends, Poorvi Agarwal and Nikita Garg.

On Saturday morning, he came to the the airstrip with his friends. Garg asked his friends to take a short spin in the plane and he came on the airstrip to take pictures, police said. As the plane was about to land, Garg reportedly got close to it and was hit by one of its wings. He suffered injuries on the head and died on the spot. The wing and a wheel of the aircraft were damaged in the incident.

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