26 Apr 2019
Rahul Gandhi's aircraft suffers from engine troubles: Details here
On Friday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the aircraft he was traveling in faced engine troubles. As a result, he was forced to return to New Delhi.
Rahul was bound for Patna in Bihar. He added that the rallies scheduled to happen at Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Odisha) & Sangamner (Maharashtra), would be delayed.
He apologized for the inconvenience.
Here's what went down.
Rahul tweeted video of engine trouble
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
Rahul's plane suffered technical snag last year as well
This is not the first time Rahul's aircraft got caught in a technical snag.
In April last year, when Rahul was bound for Hubbali in Karnataka for election meetings, his chartered plane "banked sharply to the left and suddenly started losing altitude".
It was reported that the plane's body started shuddering. Subsequently, a police complaint was filed as Congress cried conspiracy.
DGCA had said Rahul's plane had close shave
In August, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) spoke about the incident. The aviation body revealed that Rahul's aircraft was just 20 seconds away from the crash.
Dismissing allegations of a conspiracy, DGCA underscored that "unaware crew" couldn't bring the plane under control immediately.
Apparently, the plane was in auto-pilot mode and crew took some time to regain control over it.
Rahul asked person holding camera to switch it off
Rahul posted the 21-second video on his Twitter account. Towards the end of the clip, Rahul can be heard telling the person, who shot the video, to "switch it off".