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Governor Jagannath Pahadia and nine others had a narrow escape on Thursday when the state government aircraft, in which he was traveling to Delhi, aborted take off at the Chandigarh airport.
After reaching a height of about 25 feet, the aircraft tilted towards left, came down and crash landed near the runway. Its left wing went into the soft ground and the fuselage was left hanging in the air.
The rear portion of the plane caught fire, which was promptly put out by Air Force personnel. Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin blamed a technical snag for the incident.
Air Force personnel safely rescued passengers and crew. State Principal Secretary for Transport and Civil Aviation of Haryana RR Jowel said Directorate General of Civil Aviation will investigate the incident. Besides Pahadia, those aboard included his wife Shanti Pahadia, Secretary to Governor Neelam Pradeep Kasni, two ADCs, a doctor, two attendants and crew members Wing Commander D Nanda and co-pilot Captain Dinesh Bansal.
The King Air B-200 aircraft, manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft Company of USA, was bought by the Haryana Government in 2005.
Fire and Emergency Department reached the spot immediately along with police and Chandigarh Administration officials.
Pahadia was taken to Raj Bhawan from where he was rushed to the PGI. A team of doctors examined and declared him fit. The runway was closed for about one hour, delaying flights.
(With PTI Inputs)