DGCA will probe how flight with Mamata Banerjee on board reportedly had low fuel

An Indigo flight carrying Mamata Banerjee and other passengers from Patna to Kolkata had hovered for over half an hour in the city sky due to technical reasons before landing at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 1:29 pm
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Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha assured Parliament Thursday that the DGCA will probe into how three flights to Kolkata including one with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board reportedly had low fuel. The minister’s statement came after the Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties raised the issue in the House and alleged it was a conspiracy to eliminate the leader.

An Indigo flight carrying Banerjee and other passengers from Patna to Kolkata had hovered for over half an hour in the city sky due to technical reasons before landing at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. Senior Trinamool leader Firhad Hakim, who was accompanying Banerjee in the flight, however, took strong exception to “delayed permission from the ATC” for the flight to land and alleged that it was a conspiracy to eliminate the CM.

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“The pilot sought permission for landing from the ATC as the plane was flying short on fuel but the ATC kept the flight on hold,” he alleged.

Indigo however clarified that the captain of the flight, at no stage, declared a fuel priority or emergency. “Fuel on arrival was more than minimum diversion fuel,” the airline said in a statement. It also said misinterpretation by the ATC controller had led him to instruct fire engines and ambulances to be stationed at Kolkata airport.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was serious about the security of Banerjee and other passengers.

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First Published on: December 1, 2016 12:54 pm
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    Mahesh Naik
    Dec 1, 2016 at 10:40 am
    who fueled it in the first place.!
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      MyTake
      Dec 1, 2016 at 9:08 am
      Even plane would cost more than the life of these termites! Why anyone sensible would spend so much money for no apparent return!
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        MyTake
        Dec 1, 2016 at 8:06 am
        Rascals looking for opportunities to do their news trading for make believe "martyrdom"!!lt;br/gt;Rascals of the meanest type!!
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          MyTake
          Dec 1, 2016 at 9:06 am
          You stupid how a trained staff can even leave an airport without knowing how much fuel they have and how much distance they need to cover? In case they can not land in an airport due to any emergency, don't they keep enough fuel to fly to the nearby airport? Even a driver in a car will check the fuel gauge before even starting a 200 km journey!lt;br/gt;There has to be limit to the stupidity!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If you have to sell stories sell something that atleast appear logical and sensible!!
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            Soundar
            Dec 1, 2016 at 9:54 am
            When three flights are reporting low fuel at the same time the flight which is having more endurance ( flight time) should be given first priority. There is no VIP/ VVIP as life is precious to all.
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              Abhay Ranjan
              Dec 1, 2016 at 8:27 am
              These netas with lost pride are the noisiest of the lot. They are not worth risking other's life and an aircraft. These kind of low politics playing netas must come out of their illusionary importance.
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                Ajay
                Dec 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm
                after deMOONeytisation .. who is going to buy the painting of MOMOTA di..thats why she is upset
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                  Ashutosh Aggarwal
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                  Mamta may be a fool but Modi and his Government is not. They will not let you die that day and let you became Martyr when she is going to have a political death in very near future.
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                    dd
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 11:28 am
                    No need to spend money or time for controller mistake.....let's move on..
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                      IML sood
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                      A false drama. It is likely that her bosom friend Khujli has taught Mumtaz of WB,such tricks, as he is expert in such antics and tries such baseless and imaginative antics every day. A good entertainment show from her also for pubic to enjoy.
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                        HILARY
                        Dec 1, 2016 at 10:51 am
                        The flight was kept on hold for landing due to air traffic congestion at Kolkata. The pilot operating 6E 342 had advised the ATC that he has eight minutes of extra holding fuel over Kolkata (destination) before commencing diversion to the planned alternative.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"However, this information was misunderstood by the Air Traffic Controller who umed that the aircraft had only eight minutes of total fuel left," it said.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;According to IndiGo, the misinterpretation of information by ATC controller, led the ATC to instruct fire engines and ambulances to be stationed at the airport.
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                          Suresh
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 7:53 am
                          TMC is a "Halla Gulla" party. In its talks there is more noise and aggression than substance and solution.
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                            patel
                            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:53 am
                            If the landing was getting dela, the captain should have offered her to jump out of the aircraft and saved her time.
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                              Vihari Naidu
                              Dec 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                              Madam stay safe. It's no longer safe for opposition in India.
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                                Vihari Naidu
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 8:05 am
                                The investigation sounds as fake as the crocodile tears Tughlaq sheds.
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                                  sahil
                                  Dec 1, 2016 at 8:52 am
                                  Standard Operating Procedure for encounter specialist AShah and his jhandelwalan gang.
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                                    Patriot
                                    Dec 1, 2016 at 8:05 am
                                    For sure there is a conspiracy against non BJP chief Minister by hate mong political party.
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                                      Subba Rao Venkata Vure
                                      Dec 1, 2016 at 11:55 am
                                      One more useless weapon in the hands of TMC. Indigo already clarified the position. But still they are making nonsensical statements.
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                                        subraman
                                        Dec 1, 2016 at 9:30 am
                                        All I can say is "you are not thinking with your brain"
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                                          CS
                                          Dec 1, 2016 at 11:29 am
                                          This Hakim seems to be a fool. Eliminating people is the super specialty of his own party, which knows of better ways of doing the deed than going on low fuel!
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                                            Anis
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:04 am
                                            No use. DGCA is in control of Modi's one of many istants.
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