New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday left for Chennai to pay his last respects to J Jayalalithaa, who died yesterday night.
Earlier, the Indian Air Force plane in which President Pranab was travelling from New Delhi to Chennai, developed a mid-air technical snag and returned midway to the national capital.
The plane had landed back in the national capital in less than an hour after it had departed.
However, it is yet to be known what exactly happened to the aircraft.
Early today, President Pranab had condoled the death of Jayalalithaa, saying he was 'extremely sad' as the country lost 'a visionary leader'.
In a condolence message to Vidyasagar Rao, the Tamil Nadu Governor, Mukherjee said the country has lost an icon who was loved and admired by millions.
"She was regarded one of India`s most charismatic and popular leaders," Mukherjee said.