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CM’s flight scare: Trinamool leaders smell conspiracy

 MPost |  2016-12-02 23:47:09.0  |  Kolkata

Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy did not rule out the possibility of a conspiracy against Mamata Banerjee when the aircraft carrying the Chief Minister was not allowed to land immediately despite the red alert which was sounded by the pilot.

The aircraft Indigo 6E 342 with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board hovered in the night sky for about 40 minutes on Wednesday due to a technical issue, sources said.

The plane operated by a private airline took off from Patna an hour late at 7.35 pm.

Due to technical reasons, before landing at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here, it hovered over the Kolkata sky and then finally landed around 9 pm.

Mukul Roy was talking to the press on the issue on Thursday afternoon. He has informed the President Pranab Mukherjee about Wednesday’s incident. He also demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter.

Roy said Lok Sabha MP Sudip Bandopadhyay had raised the matter in Lok Sabha and Derek O’ Brien in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Roy who had accompanied Banerjee from Patna on Wednesday evening alleged that the Indigo authorities had been forced to change their statements by the Centre.

“We all know what is going on in the country. As Indigo is a private player, it was forced to change its statement which the Centre thought would go against it,” Roy said.

State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, also did not rule out the possibility of a conspiracy against Banerjee while giving his reaction in the press on Wednesday night.

Roy said the flight reached Patna at 6.35pm, one hour behind schedule. It left for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) at 7.35pm.

Around 8.05pm, the pilot informed the passengers that there was heavy rush of aircrafts at Dum Dum and the aircraft was placed 8th in the schedule.

He said the plane would reach Kolkata at 8.25 pm. Around 8.13 pm, he told the ATC that there was shortage of fuel in the aircraft.

Interestingly, the ATC knowing fully well that the Chief Minister was travelling in the flight did not make any arrangements for emergency landing and the plane had to hover around the airport for 32 minutes.

“I do not rule out the possibility of a conspiracy against Mamata Banerjee who has raised her voice against the decision to demonetise high value currency notes.”

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