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Rahul Gandhi’s jet forced to make go-around at IGI airport to avert collision

Last Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 16:51

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had a narrow escape on November 26 at Indira Gandhi International airport here, when he was returning from Rae Bareli in his private jet.

It is being said that Rahul’s plane was given the clearance to land at the same runaway where an heavy-lift Illyushin-76 `Gajaraj` of Indian Air Force plane was about to take off.

However, fortunately just moments before Rahul’s Cessna Citation was about to land, the airport traffic control alerted the Congress vice president’s asked him to make a go-around.

Reports further suggest that Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered probe into the incident.

Gandhi`s business jet was given a gap of eight kms as against six due to the heavy-lift nature of the IAF plane, considering it would take more time to clear the runway, the sources said, adding that the IL-76 took more than the estimated time to do so.

The DGCA is probing the incident to ascertain whether there was any lapse on part of the IAF aircraft or the jet, or even the ATC, the sources said.

First Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 08:45
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