After hinting that the flight problems even when the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was traveling in it could have been an attempted sabotage, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has come out with a statement.
The DGCA said that the “snag” that hit Rahul Gandhi’s flight was “not uncommon” but promised to probe it to the fullest.
DGCA issued a statement,”Li Gear Aviation Falcon 2000 aircraft VT-AVH was involved in an incident while operating flight from Delhi to Hubli. The operator reported the incident to DGCA. As per the operator report, it was a snag in the autopilot mode and the pilot shifted to manual mode and landed the aircraft safely. Autopilot failure incidents are not uncommon. For any VIP flight, DGCA investigates thoroughly. DGCA has set up a two-member committee to investigate into the cause of the incident. A report is likely in 2-3 weeks”.
On Thursday, the Congress filed a police complaint after an aircraft carrying party president Rahul Gandhi from Delhi to Hubli in Karnataka malfunctioned and subsequently made a rough landing.
The Congress leaders alleged that this had endangered the life of passengers.
In a complaint made to Karnataka police chief Neelmani N Raju, Rahul Gandhi’s office stated that several unexplained technical errors happened during the course of the two-hour morning flight.
There is demand for a thorough investigation in the case.
Sources also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called up Gandhi to inquire about his well-being in the afternoon.
It need be mentioned that Gandhi, who is on the seventh leg of campaigning in the state ahead of the Assembly election on May 12, took a chopper from Hubli to Ankola and continued with his scheduled rallies.>