“Today it is one opposition leader… this opposition

“Today it is one opposition leader… this opposition

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“Today it is one opposition leader… this opposition
leader is at the forefront (of anti-demonetisation campaign),” he said, adding questions are being raised if it is a conspiracy to eliminate opposition leaders.
The flight landed under full emergency conditions, he said and asked why was the pilot denied permission to land. “I am not insinuating anything but there is a school of thought which believes it may be a conspiracy.”
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said just when the IndiGo flight called in to report low fuel, two other planes of Air India and SpiceJet also did the same.
Mamata’s flight hovered over Kolkata airport for only 13 minutes and it was ensured that the aircraft landed in a safe and orderly manner, Sinha said.
He said the IndiGo flight took off from Patna at 1936 hours yesterday and landed at Kolkata at 2040 hours after hovering for 13 minutes.
“At no point was anybody’s life at risk or danger. All safety procedure were fully followed,” he said.
“Air safety of all passengers is of utmost importance to us… we did everything possible that every flight landed safely,” he said, adding “passenger security is of utmost importance and we are doing the best and no one should have any doubt on it.”
He said DGCA has specific standards for low fuel and priority landing and all procedures were fully followed.
As per norms, every plane is mandated to carry enough fuel to allow 30-40 minutes of hovering and traveling to nearest diversion airport, he said.
The Minister said DGCA will probe as to how three flights could fly with low fuel despite strict norms.
Aircraft instrumentation would also be checked to find out how much fuel was there when the flights took off and whether they carried enough fuel, he said.
“Strict action will be taken for any violation,” he said adding criminal investigation would be conducted. “We will do the needful. Passenger safety is number one priority and will remain so.”
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said it was a very serious issue as any plane flying on low fuel should be given top priority in landing and sought a probe into the incident.
Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said the incident has created doubts in minds of people and an inquiry must be ordered and its report tabled in the Parliament.
Mayawati (BSP) said the government should rise above party politics and order an inquiry, while Sharad Yadav (JD-U) also termed the incident as serious and sought a probe.
Prem Chand Gupta (RJD) said when a flight is low on fuel it should be allowed to land first and it should not be converted into “an opportunity to take out vengeance.” Rajeev Shukla (Cong) said how could airplanes be allowed to take-off when they are low on fuel.
K T S Tulsi (Nominated) said based on the material brought out so far, it is a fit case for registering an FIR for attempt to murder and investigating the case. (MORE) PTI ANZ AKK
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