Punjab Police on Monday booked and arrested a man for testing his flying machine, a small aircraft that he manufactured himself, in Pakpattan.
Arifwala resident Muhammad Fayyaz, a popcorn seller and part-time security guard by profession, made a small aircraft with his savings and bank loan of Rs50,000. The police confiscated his plane during the trial run at an open field.
According to the FIR, Fayaz was apprehended for building an aircraft without a permit and performing aerobatics in the makeshift flying machine.
“I made the aircraft with my hard work. My plane can fly till 1000 feet. Give me one chance so that I can prove that I am a patriotic Pakistani. I informed every department but no one responded me,” Fayyaz told media.
According to reports, the police have booked him for flying the plane without the due approval of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Fayyaz, however, said that he had sent a request to the CAA to which they never responded. Naseem Ahmed, a CAA expert, told media that the CAA laws are very much clear that Pakistani airspace cannot be used without due permission by any air machine.
“There needs to be approval. It’s for their own good for their safety. What if God forbid the plane crashes with any building. Ignorance cannot be used as an excuse,” he added.