Congress Lodges Complaint Alleging 'Intentional Tampering’ Of Rahul Gandhi’s Flight To Hubli

| April 27 , 2018 , 08:52 IST

The Congress party has lodged an official complaint and FIR alleging 'intentional tampering' of a chartered flight carrying party President Rahul Gandhi and 4 others to Hubli in Karnataka on Thursday.

The complaint filed by Rahul's aide Kaushal Vidyarthee to the Karnataka police claimed that a  New Delhi-Hubli special flight (VT-AVH) carrying Rahul Gandhi and 4 others suffered “unexplained technical failures” midair. Addressed to Karnataka Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelmani N Raju, the complaint added that the matter should be probed as “intentional tampering” could not be ruled out.

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“At around 10:45 am, the aircraft suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply, combined with violent shuddering of the aircraft body… The weather outside was sunny, normal and not windy,” said the complaint.

“The plane landed at Hubli at around 11:25 am while continuously shaking and making unusual audible sounds. The crew was also apparently petrified and admitted that the flight was particularly frightening and uncommon,” the complaint continued.

“It was apparent from the suspicious and faulty performance of the aircraft that the incidents of shuddering and altitude dipping were not natural or weather related, but were due to some technical snags," he said.

"Serious questions related to intentional tampering with the aircraft cannot also be brushed aside and are required to be addressed and investigated… The multiple unexplained technical snags during the flight coupled with the failure of the autopilot system raises serious issues of aviation safety and possible and intentional tampering with aircraft which endangered the life of its occupants,” he said.

According to sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the operator's reports stated that there was a snag of the autopilot mode, which is not uncommon.