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Mumbai, May 4:
This is an unimaginable sight on a street off Eastern Express Highway in suburban Chembur where a 75-ft-long Boeing 737 is stranded for the past four days.

The plane -- actually what is left of it is the fuselage -- has been scrapped by Air Sahara, and has been reportedly sold to a buyer in Delhi, to be put up in an aviation academy.

Its wing and other parts have been already dismantled, but the fuselage is being taken to Delhi on a trailer, the task undertaken by city-based Universal Transporters.

Its journey from the city airport began ten days ago. On Sunday, 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 near Duke's factory in suburban Chembur.

The driver realised he had lost his way, but he found himself at point of no return, literally. He could not turn the trailer around.

So the Boeing got stranded, to the irritation of shopkeepers and residents along the street. Realising that there is no way to get the Boeing off the street, the driver and two men accompanying him fled.

Local residents are not at their wit's end, trying to figure the way out for the Boeing.

"We have asked the transporter to move the trailer from the spot, and would also be taking action against the company for not informing the police regarding the plane's road journey," deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Harish Baijal told PTI.

Baijal added that transporters who ferry such large cargo are bound to inform the traffic police about its movements, which was not done in this case. 


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