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This deaf and mute Keralite built aircraft!
After five years of painstaking efforts, Saji Thomas has built a small aircraft - all on his own - but now this 45-year-old from Kerala, who is speech and hearing challenged, yearns for a full-time job.
Saji, seventh class dropout, now wants fulltime job
Thiruvananthapuram: After five years of painstaking efforts, Saji Thomas has built a small aircraft - all on his own - but now this 45-year-old from Kerala, who is speech and hearing challenged, yearns for a full-time job.
His wife Maria said that they have been married for 14 years and since then, all that she saw was her husband busy tinkering with small motors and machines she didn't have a clue about.
"Initially I tried my best to dissuade him to get work as an electrician, but when I found all my efforts were in vain, I decided to support him in all his endeavours. Today the entire village (near Thodupuzha in Idukki district) is steadfastly behind him as he built a twin-seater ultralight aircraft, which has been filmed by the Discovery Channel," Maria said.
Saji has studied only till class 7 and has always been hooked on to electrical gadgets and their repairs. "The first thing he built was the frame of a helicopter. He got in touch with (former prime minister) Rajiv Gandhi, seeking money to buy an engine for it. It did not materialise because Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated (In May 1991). Then his interest shifted to building an aircraft and after five years of hard work, he fitted the small aircraft with the engine of a two-wheeler.