‘Engine Trouble’ in Rahul’s Patna-bound Plane, DGCA Orders Probe

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.

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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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