Diverted flights: No fuel shortage, says govt

Last Updated: Monday, May 31, 2010 - 21:01

New Delhi: Amid reports that three planes
with insufficient fuel were diverted from Delhi to nearby
airports due VIP flight movements, the Civil Aviation Ministry
Monday said all these aircraft had much fuel to spare.

All the aircraft, which were diverted on May 26 following
flight movements of President Pratibha Patil and Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguly Berdimunha-medov, carried sufficient fuel
"as per laid down procedure of DGCA and their fuel
requirement," the Ministry and Directorate General of Civil
Aviation said in a statement.

It said the report has "created unnecessary panic amongst
the public".

The flights included those of the Jet Airways and
Kingfisher Airlines. A Kingfisher spokesperson too denied the
report saying "none of our flights declared a fuel emergency
on May 26 as wrongly reported".


First Published: Monday, May 31, 2010 - 21:01

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