Minister forced diversion of plane to Jaipur?
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 17:41
  
New Delhi: A Kingfisher Airlines flight from Srinagar to Delhi was on Tuesday diverted to Jaipur where 28 on board, including a Jammu and Kashmir minister and his family members, were allowed to deplane, a move that came under attack from other passengers who said it was done to facilitate the VIP for his pilgrimage to Ajmer.

The airline flatly rejected the charge as "absolutely untrue" saying the flight had to be diverted to Jaipur on account of "VIP movement" at the Delhi airport and ATC congestion over it.

Flight IT-353, scheduled to depart at 14:40 hours, took off from Srinagar after about an hour's delay and landed at Jaipur around 17:30 hours. When it approached Delhi, the pilot reportedly announced that there was congestion at the Delhi airport and that he was running short of fuel.

Some passengers claimed that this was done at the behest of Jammu and Kashmir Health and Agriculture Minister Javaid Ahmad Dar, who was scheduled to visit the Dargah in Ajmer.

The flight took off for Delhi after an hour's halt in Jaipur, they said. They also contended that this was against rules as passengers cannot deboard mid-way.

However, Kingfisher Airlines said this was "absolutely untrue and we categorically deny this".

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 17:41


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