STRANGE BUT TRUE

Sunday Times - - Travel -

Air­craft are for­bid­den from fly­ing over In­dia’s Taj Ma­hal or within a 7.4km ra­dius of it, due to ter­ror­ism con­cerns. Dur­ing World War 2, the me­mo­rial was nearly oblit­er­ated when a grossly over­loaded trans­port plane, flown by the fa­mous pi­lot-au­thor Ernest K Gann, clawed for al­ti­tude af­ter take­off from Agra. Drop­ping the plane’s flaps, Gann cleared the main minaret by mere feet.

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