At 10:17am on Tuesday morning, a small aircraft piloted by a foreigner suddenly landed on a public road in Sichuan, and began heading towards the petrol station to refuel. When reporters questioned transport authorities, they said the aircraft had complied with regulations.
When Sichuan reporters arrived at the scene after sighting photos released online by netizens, this aircraft was already starting to take off from the petrol station. Fortunately, rather than being a lunatic’s attempt to test-drive a plane bought off Taobao, the aircraft is owned and manufactured a Chinese company in Mianyang Industrial Park. According to sources, the pilot, Andy, is from San Francisco, California and has been in China for over three months. He holds a valid pilot’s license.
The chairman of the Chinese aircraft manufacturing company, Chen Wei, confirmed that the aircraft traveling along the Sichuan roads was indeed a civilian aircraft that belonged to the company. On Tuesday morning, the aircraft was undergoing performance testing but the pilot had forgotten to check on the aircraft’s fuel levels before taking off, and thus was forced to land and refuel along the roads.
He further stressed the absolute safety of the pilot’s actions, for the landing of the aircraft complied with national transport regulations, and the road was wide enough and free enough of traffic for the plane to land.
By Yuen Sin