Congress president had recalled the incident during a rally in Delhi & claimed that the plane suddenly tanked by 8,000 feet, believing it was his end
The Hush Post: A delay of mere 20 seconds in landing could have proven costly for the chartered plane carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Delhi to Hubli in Karnataka in April this year, a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) report has revealed.
According to media reports, the DGCA has submitted a report to the Centre stating that Rahul Gandhi had boarded a chartered flight to Hubli on April 26 to address a public gathering ahead of the May 12 Karnataka elections. The Congress president had boarded a super-luxury 10-seater Falcon 2000 plane which had to make an emergency landing after developing some malfunction. The report claims that a delay of 20 seconds could have proven fatal for Rahul Gandhi.
The DGCA report indicates that the plane could have crashed. It is reported that the plane had at once started tilting towards one side and noises were heard from it even as the pilot was flying it on an auto mode.
Three days later, the Congress president had recalled the incident during a rally in Delhi and claimed that the plane suddenly tanked by 8,000 feet, believing it was his end. It was after his incident that he had decided to take a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar to thank Lord Shiva, Rahul Gandhi had said.
After the incident, the Congress had alleged that Rahul Gandhi was deliberately provided a faulty plane. Though the Centre had refuted the charges then, the fresh DGCA report could spell trouble for the government. Rahul Gandhi’s aides had even lodged a complaint with the Karnataka police in this regard following which the civil aviation regulator had constituted a two-member committee to probe the incident.
It is also being reported that a senior DGCA official had put the blame on the pilot of the plane. The DGCA has gone through the flight data record and the cockpit system.