IAF says pilot did not refuse to fly Rahul

September 12th, 2012 - 7:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Rahul Gandhi New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) Rejecting reports that its pilot refused to fly Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi in Assam, the Indian Air Force Wednesday strongly defended the decision, describing it as professional, which was taken in view of bad weather conditions and safety of the passenger.

Rahul Gandhi was Tuesday forced to change his travel plans when the IAF did not oblige his request for flying him in a helicopter from Kokrajhar to Guwahati citing bad weather. Rahul returned to Guwahati by road.

“The weather started deteriorating at the time of the flight. There were reports of lightning and thunderstorm at the destination. Hence, the pilot decided not to fly,” IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Gerard Gallway told IANS.

“There was no refusal. It was a professional decision and it was taken keeping in mind flight safety and the safety of the passenger, which was paramount,” he said.

The IAF stands by its decision, he added.

In Assam, Gandhi met victims of ethnic violence in relief camps and talked to Bodoland Territorial Council leaders on the situation in the state.

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