New Delhi, April 27: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday set up a two-member committee to probe the snag in aircraft carrying Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
“As per operator’s report, it was snag of autopilot mode, pilot shifted to manual mode&aircraft landed safely. Autopilot failure incidents aren’t uncommon. A 2-member committee set up to probe”, said DGCA.
The report is likely to come within 2-3 week.
The Congress on Thursday complained to the Karnataka Police that the aircraft in which Gandhi flew to Hubballi in the state earlier in the day suffered a snag mid-air.
“The aircraft on a special flight (VT-AVH) from New Delhi to Hubballi suffered serious malfunction and tilted heavily to one side during the course of the flight,” a party official and Gandhi’s aide Kaushal Vidyarthee had said in the complaint.
Alleging the aircraft’s auto-pilot mode was not functional and the aircraft could be landed only after two unsuccessful tries as it was “shaking and making unusual audible sounds”, the letter pointed to a possible “intentional tampering” with the aircraft’s functioning.
“The technical snags coupled with the failed auto-pilot system raise issues of aviation safety and intentional tampering which endangered the life of the passengers,” it added.