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    Technical snag seen on Rahul Gandhi flight common, but will probe, says DGCA

    Technical snag seen on Rahul Gandhi flight common, but will probe, says DGCA

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said it will probe the technical snag that was observed on a plane carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi yesterday morning.

    The Congress has cried foul over the incident, claiming that it could be a case of a possible “intentional tampering” and has sought a police probe. The snag was observed while Rahul was flying from New Delhi to Hubli in Karnataka.

     The Congress has cried foul over the incident, claiming that it could be a case of a possible “intentional tampering” and has sought a police probe. The snag was observed while Rahul was flying from New Delhi to Hubli in Karnataka.
    Rahul was flying on a Falcon 2000, which was registered as VT- AVH. The plane belongs to Religare Aviation limited. After the Congress wrote to the Karnataka Director General of Police Neelamani N Raju, cops in Hubli registered a First Information Report.

    The two pilots who were flying the aircraft are likely to be questioned. While a detailed probe into the technical snag observed on Gandhi’s flight is awaited, a source within the DGCA has said that initial reports suggest the snag was related to the autopilot on the aircraft shutting down.

    “As per operator report, it was snag of autopilot mode and pilot shifted to manual mode and landed safely Shut[down] of autopilot incidents are not uncommon (sic),” the source said, adding that as per protocol, the DGCA would examine the incident in detail since it took place on a VIP flight.

    Rahul Gandhi is a Special Protection Group protectee and, along with the prime minister, gets the highest level of security in India.

    PM Modi, who is in China today, is learnt to have called Gandhi yesterday after hearing about the reports regarding the technical snag.

    The Congress party, in its complaint, has said, “The aircraft on a special flight (VT-AVH) from New Delhi to Hubli suffered serious malfunction and tilted heavily to one side during the course of the flight.”

    According to the letter, there were a total of three other passengers in the aircraft besides Gandhi and the complainant Vidyarthee — Rampreet, Rahul Ravi and Special Protection Group officer Rahul Gautam.

    According to the letter, there were a total of three other passengers in the aircraft besides Gandhi and the complainant Vidyarthee — Rampreet, Rahul Ravi and Special Protection Group officer Rahul Gautam.

    “The technical snags coupled with the failed auto-pilot system raise issues of aviation safety and intentional tampering which endangered the life of the passengers,” it added.

    Gandhi arrived at Hubballi airport at around 11.25 am on Thursday on a two-day visit to the poll-bound state to launch the party’s campaign for the May 12 legislative assembly elections in the coastal region.

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