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Operations back to normal at Chandigarh airport

PTI  Chandigarh, November 20, 2012
First Published: 15:54 IST(20/11/2012) | Last Updated: 16:33 IST(20/11/2012)

Operations at the Chandigarh airport, which had been disrupted due to an emergency landing made by Congress MP from Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal's helicopter on Monday, are back to normal since this morning.

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"All operations at the airport are normal and all flights are operating as per schedule," airport director, HS Toor said on Tuesday.

The runway, which was blocked after the chopper's emergency landing on Monday evening, was cleared for take off and landing around 9pm, but no flight could operate as the airport, which is operated by the Indian Air Force, does not allow take off and landing by civil flights after 8pm.

On Monday evening, the Eurocopter EC145 helicopter of Jindal, who is also a leading industrialist, had landed under emergency conditions at the Chandigarh airport after it developed a "technical snag".

Jindal was aboard the six-seater chopper from Kurukshetra University in Kurukshetra. The chopper was scheduled to land at the VIP helipad at Rajindra Park, located next to Punjab and Haryana civil secretariat, but was forced to land at the airport after it developed a snag.

The helicopter touched down in the centre of the main runway and could not be immediately taxied off leading to disruption in some flights.

The emergency landing had led to the cancellation of three out-bound flights, including the one in which Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor was flying, putting her and several other passengers to inconvenience.

After the incident, Jindal had tweeted that the helicopter developed a "technical snag" and that he was safe.

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