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WNY pilot flies plane around the globe

Posted at 11:24 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 23:24:53-04

“For pilots it's like climbing Mt. Everest,” said Ravi Bansal, the pilot from Clarence took his love of flight to a whole new level this summer.

“I just flew around the world in my single engine plane,” said Bansal with a smile on his face.

In 47 days Bansal journeyed across the northern hemisphere until he returned to where he started. 

While part of the ride was for his own enjoyment, it was also for his hometown in India. He's raising money for the Ambala Cancer and General Hospital.

“The goal is to get them something which they urgently need now and that is an MRI machine. And that costs about $750,000,” said Bansal.

It's something that hits home for Bansal. His sister-in-law passed away from breast cancer. He believes early detection could have saved her life. Part of his mission was to spread awareness in India about early detection.

Erie County Legislator Ed Rath honored Bansal for his flight, Tuesday evening. Despite finishing his trip, Bansal is still raising money the MRI machine.