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Pilots Delayed Action Reason For Near-Crash Of Rahul Gandhi's Plane In April: DGCA

The 10-seater plane was carrying four other passengers besides Ghandi when the incident took place.

Pilots Delayed Action Reason For Near-Crash Of Rahul Gandhi's Plane In April: DGCA
Alleging "intentional tampering" with aircraft, the Congress party had demanded a probe into the "suspicious and faulty performance" of the aircraft. | File Photo
Pilots Delayed Action Reason For Near-Crash Of Rahul Gandhi's Plane In April: DGCA
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2018-08-31T19:56:24+05:30

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday blamed the pilots for the near-crash of the chartered plane that was carring Congress president Rahul Gandhi in April this year.

Gandhi’s plane while landing on April 26 at Hubli in North Karnataka in April this year was drifted towards left side heavily, with this the altitude had dipped suddenly.

The 10-seater plane was carrying four other passengers besides Ghandi when the incident took place, according to the DGCA.

Alleging "intentional tampering" with aircraft, the Congress party had demanded a probe into the "suspicious and faulty performance" of the aircraft.

In its 30-page report made public today, the two-member committee set up by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to probe the incident, ruled out any prior snag in the Ligare Aviation-operated private Falcon 2000 jet, registered as VT-AVH.

"Crew initiated action only when the master cautions warning i.e after 15 seconds of autopilot disengage," the DGCA said in its report on the four-month-old incident.

Such a warning appears in the form of a red light and audio warning in the cockpit for the pilot to take action and avoid in the split second and avoid any mishap.

"Due to lack of institutional awareness, the crew actions to control of the aircraft manually were slightly delayed, the DGCA report said.

After the incident, Gandhi's close aide Kaushal Vidyarthi, who was also travelling with him, had filed a complaint with local police besides writing to the Karnataka Director General of Police expressing concern over the series of events.

Following this, civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu had ordered a detailed probe into the incident.

Subsequently, the DGCA had set up the panel, with one member each from the safety and airworthiness wings, to investigate the incident.

(PTI)

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