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Boeing 737 abandoned in city street

Driver of truck carrying decommissioned Boeing flees when it gets stuck in a suburban street. Street inhabitants annoyed.

Sure you expect rubbish to be abandoned, maybe cars, or other junk, but a boeing?

A Boeing 737 jetliner has been sitting on a busy Mumbai (Bombay) street for days after the driver got in a jam and then simply disappeared.

The fuselage of the decommissioned aircraft, with the engine, wings and tail removed, was being taken by road to the Indian capital New Delhi to a flight school.

Last weekend,the wingless aircraft, which had belonged to Air Sahara, was being driven through the city on a large trailer.

The driver apparently took a wrong turn and found himself confronted by an overpass that was too low for the plane to travel under and he found himself at point of no return, literally. He could not turn the trailer around.

The driver of the trailer asked somebody for the directions to reach Mumbai-Pune Highway.He was misled, and the trailer ended up on the road in suburban Chembur.The driver has not been seen since and no-one is assuming responsibility for the 737 jetliner.

Some locals are angry about that but others see it as an instant tourist attraction.The plane has become the centre of attraction with people coming from all over the city to take a look..
"It's fascinating to see an airplane on the roads when one is only used to seeing cars and auto rickshaws," Ankur Rane said.

For Pradeep Malhotra, who runs a catering service in the area, the plane has become a huge problem because it is parked right in front of his shop.

"My work is suffering because the food cannot be loaded in the big vehicles," Malhotra said.
"I don't know how they are going to take it out because you can't reverse it, its too big, and you can't go further down the road.",he said.

Locals said they had not complained simply because they assumed that the authorities would be making it a priority to get the plane out of the city,but five days on, it is still not clear who is responsible for the aircraft and its transfer to New Delhi.

Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, and houses important financial institutions, such as the Reserve Bank of India , the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the corporate headquarters of many Indian companies


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By netchicken: posted on 5-5-2007

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