After flight snag, PM Modi rings up Rahul Gandhi

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The Congress Friday released its "People's Manifesto" for the Karnataka assembly elections which it claims captures the aspirations of different sections of the society and promises a new vision for the state.

Callings its 47-page manifesto a "people's manifesto", the party said it wants to create a hut-free Karnataka and will build 50 lakh houses in the state's rural areas, at the rate of 10 lakh per year. The pilot shifted to the manual mode and landed the aircraft safely. Autopilot failure incidents are not uncommon. "After that, the Prime Minister rang up Mr. Gandhi enquiring if he was fine", the informed sources added. "They spoke for a while", a Congress party source said.

In his complaint, he told the police that the auto pilot facility was not functioning, putting Mr. Gandhi's life in danger. Hubbalii-Dharwad police chief M.N. Nagaraj told The Hindu that a case had been registered under Section 287 and 336 of the IPC and Section 11 of the Aircraft Act 1934 against the pilots of the aircraft. For a VIP flight, the DGCA examines it thoroughly.

Gandhi was travelling on a flight from New Delhi to Hubli, Karnataka, where he is campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections 2018.


Another complaint was filed with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), demanding a thorough inquiry into the incident, he added. "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".

Maken said proper arrangements would also be made for the parking of vehicles coming from Delhi and outstation areas, and various committees have been formed, who have been meeting regularly.

The team, led by Deputy Director of Air Safety, Joseph, inspected the aircraft for more than six hours and also downloaded information from the black box.

As part of the probe, the official said the panel would call cockpit crew and also engineers for questioning about the incident.

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