West Bengal, December 1: While ruckus continues in parliament and outside over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Indigo flight from Patna to Kolkata, which was allegedly short of fuel, the airline today has has issued a clarification on the incident.
According to members of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the incident was a conspiracy to kill her. The plane was about to crash… we want to bring to notice that life of Mamata Banerjee is in danger,” said Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the TMC. The IndiGo flight from Patna to Kolkata in which Mamata Banerjee was travelling, was reported to be short of fuel, but had to circle the airport for nearly 30 minutes for clearance to land from the Air Traffic Control. On landing the flight was surrounded by fire engines and ambulances.
However, in its statement, IndiGo stated, “IndiGo flight from Patna to Kolkata had normal landing at Kolkata airport. The flight was kept on hold due to air traffic.”The airline blamed the Air Traffic Control, claiming it had misunderstood the information conveyed from the flight.
According to details that have emerged, the flight captain did not declare a fuel priority or emergency to the Air Traffic Control. Further,the fuel in the aircraft on arrival was more than minimum diversion fuel.
Addressing the issue in the Lok Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raj said,“Wrong to say that the IndiGo flight was made to hover for 30-40 minutes.DGCA has ordered enquiry to check as to how the three flights reported low fuel.” Accordingly, the DGCA has ordered a probe into the incident.