Plane carrying Rahul Gandhi develops technical snag, Congress demands probe


Bengaluru: The Congress on Thursday filed a complaint with the police in Hubballi after a chartered flight in which party president Rahul Gandhi was travelling along with his security men had a rough landing at the airport.

The complaint said someone may have tampered with the systems of aircraft.

The Congress wrote a letter to Karnataka DG and IGP Neelmani N Raju demanding investigation into the matter. A formal complaint was later lodged at Gokul Nagar police station in Hubballi by former Congress MP IG Sanadi and his son Shakir Sanadi.

The plane suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply with violent shuddering of the aircraft body.

Gandhi is on a two-day visit to poll-bound Karnataka from today to campaign for the party candidates in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Dahskina Kannada, Kodagu and Mysuru.

The Hubballi police summoned pilot of the aircraft Jagat Singh Yadav and his co-pilot to Gokul Road police station on Thursday night for an inquiry. DCP BS Nemgoud and other officers were part of the probe team.

Jagat Singh Yadav, the pilot of the special flight stated that the reports of rough landing were just a rumor.

Congress’s communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said, “Rahul Gandhi landed safely. A serious accident was averted today.” Gandhi maintained his composure and tried to calm the co-passengers down, he added.




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