The Congress on Thursday sought an investigation by the Karnataka police after an aircraft carrying party president Rahul Gandhi and four others from Delhi to Hubli developed a technical glitch.
Congress functionary Kaushik Vidyarthee, who is travelling in Special Flight from New Delhi-Hubli, with 4 others including Rahul Gandhi, wrote to DG and IG Karnataka stating 'unexplained technical failures' occurred during the course of the flight. He also added 'shuddering & altitude dipping was not natural or weather-related'.
Kaushal Vidyarthee, travelling in Special Flight New Delhi-Hubli, with 4 others including Rahul Gandhi, writes to DG&IG K'taka stating 'unexplained technical failures' occurred during course of flight; also adds 'shuddering & altitude dipping were not natural or weather related'. pic.twitter.com/XeVLN0syXi— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2018
Vidyarthee also claimed that the unusual activity of the aircraft was not related to weather.
Replying to Kaushik Vidyarthee, DGCA said,''It was snag of autopilot mode & pilot shifted to manual & landed safely. Such autopilot incidents are not uncommon. For any VIP flight, DGCA examines in detail. We shall do here also.''
Meanwhile, Renuka Sukumar, DCP (Law & Order) said,''We've received a complaint in which passengers of the aircraft have mentioned about unexplained technical snag. We've taken up the case & are investigating.''
Gandhi is on a two-day tour of Karnataka ahead of the May 12 assembly elections in the state.