Engine snag in aircraft forces Rahul Gandhi to return to Delhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that a special aircraft carrying him to election meetings in the eastern state of Bihar was forced to return to New Delhi following engine trouble. A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the Hawker 850 XP aircraft VT-KNB returned to Delhi after take-off due to a “technical snag. The aircraft landed safely in Delhi at 1020 hours. There were ten persons on board the plane including two crew members, the DGCA official said.

On Twitter, Rahul posted a video of the flight which shows him, the pilot and the co-pilot in the plane. "Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We've been forced to return to Delhi," he tweeted. The DGCA has initiated a probe into the incident, the official said. Rahul said that the engine trouble in the plane meant that his participation in election meetings in Bihar and Odisha states would be delayed.