A complaint filed with the Director General and Inspector General of Police, Karnataka, has alleged intentional tampering of the chartered aircraft in which Congress president Rahul Gandhi travelled from New Delhi to Hubli earlier this morning on Thursday. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the aviation authorities have ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter soon after the accident.
The pilot of the plane is currently being quizzed while the aircraft is seized at the Hubli airbase.
Rahul Gandhi’s aide Kaushal K Vidyarthee, who travelled in the special flight along with Rahul Gandhi and three others, said in the complaint that “unexplained and multiple technical failures” occurred during the course of the journey which made everyone onboard fear for their life.
Vidyarthee concluded his complaint by saying that, “It is apparent from the faulty and suspicious performance of the aircraft that the incidents on the flight are not natural and weather-related, but due to technical snags. Serious questions related to intentional tampering with the aircraft cannot be brushed aside and must be investigated. Further, unexplained and multiple snags during the flight coupled with the fact that the autopilot system did not function raise a serious issue of aviation safety.”
According to reports, the plane slipped on the runway due to some technical problems with it. It is also being reported that before stepping on the plane, Rahul Gandhi had a phone conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.