Saturday, August 07, 2021

PM’s Air India One, on a training sortie, gets stuck off HAL runway

Bengaluru: Air India One (AI-1), the Prime Minister’s exclusive private aircraft — a custom-built Boeing 777 — missed its alignment while the pilot was taxiing on to the runway at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport on Friday morning.

The aircraft was on a training sortie with no VIP on board. No damage to the plane or injuries were reported. Sources at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) said that two private (chartered) jets scheduled to land at HAL airport were diverted to KIA following the runway incident.

According to sources, the AI-1 mainly used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President and Vice-President of India took off from Delhi at 3.48am on Friday and landed at HAL at 8.32am.

07/08/21 Petlee Peter & Chethan Kumar/Times of India

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