The Hush Post: The plane carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi and three other persons on Thursday developed a technical snag before landing at the Hubballi airport in poll-bound Karnataka. The Congress party has demanded a probe into the “suspicious and faulty performance” of the aircraft.
Congress spokesperson RS Surjewala told ANI, “At one point, the plane had tilted to one side, as the autopilot mode had failed. However, throughout this time, he remained calm and composed and kept assuring others that they would all safely land in Hubbali”.
“What happened to his plane is a serious case of aviation mechanics failure. A complaint letter has been written to the DGCA to look at all aspects of the matter, including that of possible foul play, he said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in New Delhi that it would examine the issue. The police has registered a complaint. The complaint that names the two pilots was filed by KPCC General Secretary Shakir Sanadi
The plane suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply with violent shuddering of the aircraft body at 10.45 am, Gandhi’s close aide Kaushal Vidyarthi wrote in a letter to state DGP Neelmani N Raju. The letter further read, “It was apparent from the suspicious and faulty performance of the aircraft that the incidents of shuddering and altitude dipping were not natural or weather-related, but were due to some technical snag…,”.
“Serious questions related to intentional tampering with the aircraft cannot also be brushed aside and are requested to be addressed and investigated,” the letter read. Gandhi is on a two-day visit to Karnataka to campaign for party candidates.
The plane landed at the Hubbali airport around 11.25 am in the third attempt, according to the letter. “The crew was also apparently petrified and admitted that the flight was particularly frightening and uncommon,” the letter said.