Aviation regulator DGCA has initiated a probe into the incident of the plane carrying Congress President Rahul Gandhi suffering engine trouble on Friday, 26 April, reported PTI quoting a senior official.
The senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said the Hawker 850 XP aircraft VT-KNB, which was carrying 10 people, including two crew members, safely landed in Delhi at 10.20 am.
Gandhi tweeted saying that the engine of his plane had developed a technical snag, following which he was “forced to return to Delhi” adding that his rallies in Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra will be delayed due to the technical failure.
Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashta) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience. pic.twitter.com/jfLLjYAgcO— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 26, 2019
The aircraft VT-KNB belongs to the Delhi-based company Forum 1 Aviation Private Limited.
According to the company's website, the plane was acquired “brand new in 2006” and has the capacity to fly anywhere in India. The Hawker 850 XP has a configuration of two seats for pilots and eight for passengers.
Rahul’s Turbulent Flight to Karnataka
This is not the first time that Gandhi’s plane has experienced trouble mid-air.
On 26 April last year, a plane carrying Gandhi from Delhi to Hubballi airport in Karnataka for campaigning for Assembly polls developed a technical problem and experienced turbulence.
However, the plane later recovered and landed safely.
The DGCA had come out with a 30-page report on the incident, pinning the blame on the pilots for a near-crash of the Congress president's chartered plane.
After the incident, Gandhi had expressed his desire to go on a pilgrimage to Mansarovar Yatra, which he undertook later that year.
(With inputs from PTI)
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