Dehradun: The passengers of the plane that made an emergency landing at Pantnagar airport in Uttarakhand on Saturday, minutes after taking off, have revealed shocking details about the incident. While the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials, who inspected the aircraft on Sunday, blamed a technical snag for the sudden landing, the people on board the plane have a different story to tell. Also Read - Uttarakhand Travel Guidelines: COVID-19 Test Mandatory For Delhiites, Read on to Know More
As per the claims made by the passengers, the incident occurred after the door of the aircraft opened midair. “It was a nightmare. A gate opened mid-air with a bang and a portion fell inside while a part of it dangled in the air,” a passenger Pankaj Chand was quoted as saying by News18. Also Read - Nainital Gets India's First-Ever Moss Garden - List of All Tourist Attractions in This Lake Town
“I was sitting close to the aircraft gate when, within seven minutes of taking off, the door opened and then dangled in air. Before taking off, a co-pilot had come to check the gate,” another passenger Lokesh Bora said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Devotees Won’t be Allowed Holy Dip in Ganga River in Uttarakhand on Kartik Purnima
The aircraft was carrying eight passengers to Pithoragarh.
However, managing director of Heritage Aviation Rohit Mathur refuted the allegations, saying that there was some technical snag. “The gate cannot open midair,” he said.
Meanwhile, a team from DGCA had inspected the aircraft and is likely to submit a report on Monday.
The Dehradun-Pithoragarh-Pantnagar air service started under the UDAN scheme on January 17. Notably, it has been suspended six times in the last 23 days, owing to technical issues.