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NRI pulls aircraft by ears

Manjit Singh drags the 30-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft with his ears.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2007 18:14 IST

A Leicester-based security company owner of Indian origin is seeking to enter the record books once again by performing the unique feat of pulling a passenger aircraft over more than 12 feet using only his ears.

Manjit Singh, 57, has 30 records to his name, but last week took his physical prowess further as he dragged the 30-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft along the apron at the East Midlands Airport using a rope attached to clamps around his earlobes.

Singh's records include having the strongest lungs in the world, pulling a double-decker bus with his hair for 78.2 metres and lifting 85 kg with his ears. The latest feat was arranged to raise cash for an academy that aims to give sports opportunities to children in his birthplace - Mahilpur in India.

Tightening the clamps around his ears, Singh screamed in pain as he pushed backwards to try to get the aircraft rolling. A crowd of airport staff and onlookers shouted encouragement as the plane began to move.

Singh later told newsmen: "When I started pulling it did not move at all, and I thought 'this is the end of my life'. I was in so much pain I couldn't think of anything else. I just closed my eyes and kept pushing. Then I felt it move and that was the most amazing feeling in the world.

"It's been my dream for 20 years to pull a plane, but I've never had the chance. I don't feel too bad, I have a little bit of pain around the ears but I'm okay."

Airport spokesman Ryan Martinez said: "I'm amazed. I know Manjit has wanted to do this for some time, but it had to be the right time and the right aircraft."

He said he will now send off video footage of the record attempt to be verified by officials at the Guinness World Book of Records.

First Published: Apr 30, 2007 09:32 IST