Indigo contradicts TMC's statements, denies fuel shortage on Mamata's flight

Centre had ordered a probe after plane scare.

Contradicting the TMC party leader’s statement, Indigo flight on Thursday said that there was shortage of fuel on the plane and that the flight was delayed due to air traffic.

Asserting that the flight was kept on hold due to air traffic, Indigo said that the captain did not declare any emergency or announced shortage of fuel on the flight with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board.

“Captain did not stage declare a fuel shortage or emergency of any sort. Fuel on arrival was more than minimum diversion fuel,” leading news agency quoted Indigo as saying.

“ATC controller misunderstood the signal following which he instructed the fire tenders and ambulances to be posted at the Kolkata airport,” the Indigo flight authorities added.

The TMC party leaders on Thursday cornered the central government in the parliament after a flight with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board was low on fuel.

The opposition parties backed the TMC stating that it was indeed a conspiracy against Mamata Banerjee and the government must launch a probe into the entire incident.

Following which, the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raj assured that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had ordered an enquiry to check as to how the three flights reported low fuel. However, the civil aviation Minister said that it was wrong on the opposition’s part to say that the IndiGo flight was made to go in circles for 30-40 minutes.

An Indigo airlines flight from Patna with the West Bengal Chief Minister onboard made an emergency landing at the Kolkata airport on Thursday morning after the pilot complained of fuel shortage.