Rahul Gandhi's plane encountered engine trouble while he was flying from New Delhi to Patna on Friday morning, as a result of which he was forced to change his rally schedule.
The Congress president took to Twitter to post a video from inside the flight, and while it's not immediately apparent what is being indicated in the video with regard to the plane, what is clearly evident is his anger at the development.
The video begins inside the private jet's cockpit where the pilot and co-pilot are navigating through some amount of turbulence. The person recording the video then moves into the cabin where Rahul Gandhi is seated. The Congress president immediately orders them to "Tweet it off otherwise they'll say you were delayed" and the video ends abruptly right there.
Here's the tweet along with Rahul Gandhi's order to his aide:
The same tweet was retweeted by the Congress.
The DGCA has subsequently issued a statement and announced an investigation:
"M/s Forum 1 aviation Hawker 850 XP aircraft VT-KNB returned back to Delhi after takeoff due to a technical snag. The Aircraft landed safely in Delhi at 1020 hrs(IST). Aircraft was operating on Delhi- Patna sector of date (26/04/2019 ) "There were ten persons on board including eight passengers and two crew members. DGCA has initiated an investigation as per the laid down procedure."
Later, Rahul Gandhi addressed did a rally in Bihar's Samastipur where he shared the stage with RJD's Tejashwi Yadav for the first time after the general elections were announced.
The aircraft VT-KNB belongs to the Delhi-based company Forum 1 Aviation Private Limited, as per PTI. According to the company's website, the plane was acquired "brand new in 2006" and it can fly anywhere in India. The Hawker 850 XP typically has a configuration of two seats for pilots and eight for passengers.
This is not the first time the Congress president's plane has experienced trouble mid-air. On April 26 last year, a plane carrying Rahul Gandhi and some others from Delhi to Hubballi airport in Karnataka for campaigning for assembly polls developed a technical problem and tilted heavily on the left side.