Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rahul Gandhi’s SPG guards ask for licences of IndiGo pilots

New Delhi: Personnel in Rahul Gandhi's+ security detail recently demanded to check licences of the pilots of a commercial airliner that was scheduled to fly the Congress vice president from Delhi to Varanasi. They also sought a quality test of the jet's fuel, sources said.
The incident occurred on September 14 when Rahul was taking IndiGo's 8.55 am flight 6E 308 to Varanasi.
A member of the crew said they were shocked when the special protection group (SPG) guards demanded to see pilots' licences. The pilots reportedly asked them to check the licences from the airline as they felt the SPG men were not authorized to seek their papers.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation was incidentally checking the flight and so the SPG's demand for taking fuel samples was met. However, the flight was delayed by 45 minutes as it flew only after the fuel was found to be uncontaminated.
IndiGo declined to comment on the demand made by the SPG. "We cannot divulge any detail," the airline spokesperson said, "given the sensitivities involved in this case."
17/09/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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