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December 1, 2016

Sudip Bandopadhyay takes up the issue of delay in landing of flight carrying Mamata Banerjee despite low fuel | FULL TRANSCRIPT

Sudip Bandopadhyay takes up the issue of delay in landing of flight carrying Mamata Banerjee despite low fuel | FULL TRANSCRIPT

Madam, yesterday, our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was coming back to Kolkata from Patna and it was 7:30 PM in the evening.  The aircraft was scheduled to land in Kolkata but due to traffic, the aircraft was hovering in the sky for long 30 minutes. Then, the pilot sent a signal to the ATC that only seven minutes of flying fuel are reserved; immediate landing is very important at this juncture.

The Air Traffic Control gave the permission of landing to another aircraft which was coming from Agartala. While landing it was found that all emergency landing provisions – ambulance, fire brigades – were  already present there, as if the flight was going to crash. Airport Authority of India has admitted fuel reserved was for seven minutes only.

After investigation, the truth can be found out. Is there a motive behind this? It is not an Air India flight, it is an Indigo flight. Mamata Banerjee normally flies in Indigo flights and ATC is controlled by the Central Government.

The Hon’ble Minister is here. The Hon’ble Ananth Kumar ji requested me to communicate to the Chief Minister his anxieties regarding the incident.

So, I want that the Government should rise to the occasion. The security of Mamata Banerjee, the life of Mamata Banerjee is facing some challenges which Government of India should look into with all priority.