Lucknow Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh had a close shave on Sunday evening when his plane had to make an emergency landing at Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh airport after five failed attempts to land on the runway.
Airport officials said that the aircraft had been circling the airport since 4.35 pm as it was unable to land due to a technical snag with its landing gear.
The pilot, they said, had to abort the landing five times before calling air traffic control for an emergency landing at 6.40 am. All the 11 crew members and the governor, also the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, escaped unhurt.
The director general Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the incident as aircraft was checked before its departure from Jaipur.
No flights were allowed to land or take off from Lucknow airport after the emergency was declared by the pilot. The fire brigade and a team of doctors from a government hospital were ready at the air strip along with a posse of policemen.
Six flights— four arrivals and two departures— were affected.