DGCA sets up panel to probe snag in aircraft

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Targeting PM Modi, the party president said that the BJP's manifesto will reflect the ideals of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"The rally will aim to bring overall change and awakening in the country.it will represent the outrage of the farmers, price rise, women security, and corruption occuring right under the nose of Prime Minister Narendra Modi", Surjewala said.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, "As soon as I heard about this issue, I directed the DGCA to conduct a detailed inquiry and to find out the cause of it".

The Congress party is likely to win a total of 91 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to manage with 89 seats in the Karnataka Assembly Election 2018, predicted an opinion poll survey. Continuing his attack on Congress he said, "On May 15, the day of the counting of votes, Congress government is going to bite the dust". The flight which landed in Hubli at 10:45 am yesterday, developed a technical snag enroute, to the extent that it plunged upto 500-metre mid-air with no control of the pilot.

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The statement said that as per the operator report, it was a snag in the autopilot mode and the pilot shifted to manual mode and landed the aircraft safely.

In a complaint to the Karnataka DGP, the Congress said there were multiple unexplained technical failures during the flight and that a thorough probe was required until which the special aircraft would be grounded.

"Shutdown of the auto-pilot (mode) is not uncommon. What can we expect from him", tweeted BJP on its handle, after a local TV channel showed a brief video clip of the purported incident even as Congress dubbed it as a "fake video". The 2-member committee set up to probe.

One of the officials in the Ministry referred to a statement of Hubballi airport director S K Ahalya having reported that the aircraft had a safe landing. According to his aide Kaushal Vidyarthee, the plane suddenly tilted heavily to the left, lost altitude and shuddered violently with a "clanking noise".