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VP's flight held up to allow Kingfisher plane to land

india Updated: Oct 22, 2010 23:04 IST

An Indian Air Force flight carrying Vice-President M Hamid Ansari had to wait on the runway for about 10 minutes at the Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar on Friday to make way for the landing of a Kingfisher Airlines aircraft, the airport police said.

As the Vice-President's flight, also carrying his family members, was on the move on runway the pilot was asked to stop the aircraft to facilitate the landing of the Kingfisher plane which was scheduled to land around the same time, the police said.

Governor M C Bhandare and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were present at the airport at that time.

The Vice-President's flight finally left the city airport after waiting on the runway for 10 minutes.

Sources said as there was about 20-minute delay in the departure of the Vice-President earlier, the air traffic control (ATC) had to allow landing of IT 3445 Kingfisher flight that had already reached here from Bangalore.

Airport Director Anil Pathak later told PTI "everything was normal according to report received by my office" and refuted the alleation about lack of coordination between officials of ATC.