Private Jet Carrying Naidu, Rudy Aborts Take Off

New Delhi
Private Jet Carrying Naidu, Rudy Aborts Take Off
outlookindia.com
2016-05-30T20:32:26+0530

A private jet carrying Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Rajiv Pratap Rudy today aborted take off from Delhi airport at the last moment due to a glitch.

The eight-seater Hawker 800XP chartered aircraft was taxiing for take off when a "warning" was triggered, forcing the pilot to abort the flight seconds before being air borne.

Naidu was on his way to Jaipur to file his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha polls.

However, there was no harm to any of the persons on board the aircraft.

"Both Naidu and Rudy are safe. They were delayed by about two hours and took another jet for Jaipur," BJP sources said.

Naidu, who is Parliamentary Affairs Minister, and Rudy who holds the charge of Skill Development Ministry and is also a former Civil Aviation Minister, were later flown to Jaipur in another private plane for filing his Rajya Sabha nomination papers from Rajasthan.

The 17-year-old aircraft of a Delhi-based private operator has been grounded after the incident, sources said.

The Aviation regulator DGCA said it would look into the matter.

"We have been informed of the incident and will look into it," DGCA sources said.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was waiting for Naidu at Jaipur airport to accompany the Union minister for filing the papers.

BJP has nominated Naidu as one of the the party's candidates for Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan, where the party enjoys a majority.

Tomorrow is the last date for filing of nominations for the elections to Rajya Sabha, polling for which will be held on June 11.

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