Minister forced diversion of plane to Jaipur?
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
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".