Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday tweeted that an engine trouble on a flight to Patna forced him to return to Delhi mid-way. In a video post on Twitter, Gandhi said, “Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashtra) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience,” he wrote.
Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashta) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience. pic.twitter.com/jfLLjYAgcO
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 26, 2019
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) ordered a probe into the incident.
“The DGCA has initiated an investigation as per the laid down procedure,” a senior DGCA official told news agency PTI. The official said Gandhi’s aircraft, a Hawker 850 XP aircraft VT-KNB, returned to due to a technical snag.
The aircraft landed safely in Delhi at around 10:20 am. Ten people, including two crew members, were on board when the incident occurred, the official said.
Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to address a public rally in Bihar’s Samastipur at 10:30 am, but due to the engine trouble in his flight, the programme has been delayed. After Samastipur, Gandhi is scheduled to address rallies in Odisha’s Balasore and Maharashtra’s Sangamner.
In April last year, Gandhi had said a New Delhi-Hubli special flight (VT-AVH) carrying him and four others suffered “unexplained technical failures” midair, and that the matter should be probed as “intentional tampering” could not be ruled out. The aircraft had landed in Hubli on the third attempt.