Saturday, September 02, 2017

Indian American Ravinder Bansal returns to Buffalo after solo flight around the world

Ravinder K Bansal, an Indian American entrepreneur has completed a six-week solo world tour after raising $160,000 for purchasing an MRI machine in Ambala, India.

A resident of Buffalo, New York, Bansal set off for the journey on July 4 from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and returned on August 21, as planned despite facing unexpected technical failures with the plane.

He had stopovers in 34 cities and covered 19,878 nautical miles, or nearly 23,000 miles.

The mission had its highs and lows. The high being the raising of $160,000 toward his target of $750,000, and the low being the revelation that someone had hacked into Bansal’s email and set phishing emails to his contacts, asking for cash.

“I am making contact with people I haven’t talked to in years,” Bansal told  The Buffalo News.
According to the paper, Bansal, who sold the medical oxygen therapy equipment company AirSep in 2014, spent $100,000 from his pocket on the solo flight.

The mission was planned after Bansal’s daughter-in-law was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. He wants to use the fund raised from his aviation expedition to buy an MRI device so that cancer can be detected and treated at early stages.

Even though he fell short of the goal, Bansal said people still continue to contribute to funding for the MRI machine.
02/09/17 Dileep Thekkethil/American Bazar