New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: An NCC aircraft made an emergency landing at the eastern peripheral expressway nar sadarpur village after it faced a technical snag on Thursday. The eastern peripheral highway connects Sonipat, Haryana to Palwal and bypasses the national capital region including Delhi. The aircraft belongs to NCC (National Cadet Crops) and a twin seater 'Zenair ch 701' trainer aircraft. Visible damages can be seen in the aircraft.

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The incident took place around 1.45 pm on the highway near Sadarpur village, Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani said.

"The plane had two pilots on-board and both of them are safe," Naithani told PTI.

"The incident is said to have occurred due to a technical glitch in the plane but its cause could be ascertained by authorities concerned only," the officer said.

The left wing of the aircraft suffered some damages in the incident, but traffic movement on the highway remained normal, he said. 

A team of officials from Hindon Air Force base reached the spot. 

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway or Kundli–Ghaziabad–Palwal Expressway or National Expressway 2 is a 135-km-long, six-lane expressway passing through the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. It is located around 50 km from the national capital.

This is not the first instance that a plane have made an emergebcy landing on an expressway due to technical problem. In 2015, a Mirage 2000 fighter jet by IAF had landed on Yamuna Expressway, which connects Delhi and Agra.

A 2017 report had said that the Indian Air force has cleared 12 National Highways (NHs)--connecting maoist prone areas Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh as emergency landing airstrips that will enable rescue operation teams to reach affected areas easily. 

(with PTI inputs)

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