Plane carrying Rahul Gandhi loses altitude, lands safely
- Author: Darren Santiago Apr 29, 2018,
Apr 29, 2018, 13:27
As the Congress described the incident as "horrific" and "serious" and demanded a probe to find out if there was any "foul play", party sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned Rahul Gandhi just before leaving for China yesterday to enquire about his safety.
In his first comments about the incident, Prabhu said an inquiry is already on.
The Congress party is likely to win a total of 91 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to manage with 89 seats in the Karnataka Assembly Election 2018, predicted an opinion poll survey.
Karnataka boasts of the world's largest solar power farm and the Congress has committed itself to harnessing cleaner and renewable energy sources, while at the same time improving the fiscal health of utilities by ensuring 100 per cent metering of consumption.
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According to a report, Gandhi scion will campaign in the state tomorrow. He alleged that the aircraft shuddered and dropped altitude which was not "natural or weather related". For a VIP flight, the DGCA examines it thoroughly. "What can we expect from him", the BJP tweeted with its official handle, after a local TV channel showed a clip of the purported event even as Congress dubbed it as a "fake video".
Congress filed another complaint with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) seeking a detailed investigation into the matter.
The Congress on Thursday complained to the Karnataka Police that the Falcon 2000 aircraft in which Gandhi and four others flew to Hubballi, about 400km northwest of state capital Bengaluru, from Delhi suffered a snag mid-air.
"As per operator's report, it was snag of autopilot mode, pilot shifted to manual mode&aircraft landed safely".
"We are committed to address the urban housing challenge and propose to build 15 lakh houses (3 lakh houses per year) for the people of the state", it said.