Disability News

Fifty disabled people have displayed their supreme pulling power to enter the world record books.

Record plane pull

Each record breaker pulled the equivalent of 1.3 tonnes

Around 2,000 spectators braved the wind and rain to watch the group pull a 65-tonne aircraft 100m, each taking on a load the equivalent of 1.3 tonnes.

The British Disabled Flying Association (BDFA) recruited the 50, seated in manual wheelchairs, to drag the £35m DHL Boeing 757 cargo airliner along the runway at Lasham Airfield, near Alton in Hampshire.

The BDFA charity said it was a new category for world records.

It will take two weeks from Monday before confirmation of the record, as Guinness World Records exam all the evidence.

Mike Miller-Smith, BDFA chief executive, said: "It was an amazing achievement for each of the participants, who pulled the equivalent of 1.3 tonnes each."

The open day raised money for the BDFA charity, which offers free trial flying lessons for terminally ill and disabled people and subsidised flying and training for other disability charities across the UK.

A volunteer pilot flew the Boeing 757 from delivery firm DHL's UK aviation base at East Midlands Airport to Lasham Airfield.

Paul Bishop, managing director of DHL Air, said: "We were very happy to help out such a worthy charity.

"The sight of a 65-tonne DHL cargo plane being towed down a runway by the BDFA plane-pulling team was very impressive."

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