Congress president Rahul Gandhi went through a panicked situation mid-air when his flight en route Hubli developed a technical snag on Thursday. The Congress scion was scheduled to visit Hubli as part of the ongoing campaign in the Karnataka assembly elections. The Congress alleging “intentional tampering” filed an FIR against the pilots and demanded that the matter be probed at the highest priority.
According to the complaint filed by Rahul’s aide, Kaushal Vidyarthee, the flight took off around 9.20 am. Besides Rahul and Vidyarthee, an SPG officer was also on board the flight. “At around 10:45 am, the aircraft suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply, combined with violent shuddering of the aircraft body… The weather outside was sunny, normal and not windy… A clanking noise was clearly audible from one side of the plane throughout the shuddering of the aircraft body. It was also learnt that the autopilot of the aircraft was not functioning,” said the complaint, addressed to Karnataka Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelmani N Raju.
Rahul Gandhi is yet to make any comments on the incident.