Congress files complaint over emergency landing of Rahul Gandhi’s aircraft

Congress files complaint over emergency landing of Rahul Gandhi's aircraft

Bengaluru: The Congress party has filed a complaint with the Police Department and demanded a detailed investigation on the technical snag of the plane carrying Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

The incident happened ahead of its landing at the Hubali airport in north Karnataka. The Congress party also approached the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and sought an investigation into what it termed the “suspicious and faulty performance” of the aircraft before its landing at the Hubali airport.

The technical difficulty in the plane carrying Rahul Gandhi was seen when the aircraft suddenly tilted massively on the left side and the altitude dropped steeply with violent shuddering of the plane’s body at around 10.45 am.

A close aide of Rahul Gandhi,  Kaushal Vidyarthi, alleged this in a letter addressed to state DGP Neelmani N Raju.

“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…,” the letter said.

“Serious questions related to intentional tampering with the aircraft cannot also be brushed aside and are requested to be addressed and investigated,” the letter reads.

“Yes, we have received a complaint about some unexplained turbulence of the aircraft,” Renuka Sukumar, DCP (Law and Order), Hubbali-Dharwad Police was quoted as saying by PTI.

”A complaint under Section 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC has been registered,” she said.

Multiple “unexplained” technical snags coupled with the failure of the auto-pilot system raised serious issues of aviation safety and possible and intentional tampering with aircraft which endangered the lives of its occupants, the letter said.

The plane landed at the Hubali airport around 11.25 am in the third attempt, according to Vidyarthi’s letter.