'Jolie-Pitt made a wrong landing'
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'Jolie-Pitt made a wrong landing'

Even after being denied permission to land, the pilot landed the aircraft, the ATC unit has said, reports Suresh Vyas.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 04:19 IST

The Air Traffic Control's office here has confirmed that Hollywood star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had landed their private helicopter at the Umaid Bhawan without prior permission.

Since the local ATC unit, working under the Indian Air Force, "could not initiate action against the airliner for violating aviation regulations, it has sent a report to headquarters as well the district administration," ATC sources said.

Jolie and Pitt's flight to Jaipur "did not seek due permission" for entering the territory and landing at Jodhpur," the ATC unit's report states.

They were traveling in a helicopter owned by Sumit Aviation, which has a contract with international airliner Jegson's. The helicopter had landed at the palace, the residence of the erstwhile Marwar ruler, now a five-star heritage hotel on October 20 evening. The helicopter carried a 21-member crew besides the celebrity couple.

The ATC unit has told the Jodhpur Administration that helicopter B-407, with call sign 'BTNBA', was slated for arrival in Jodhpur on October 21. It was provided permission from Jaipur to Mandore (Jodhpur) alone, and not to Jodhpur Airport or even the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The report also said the helicopter pilot was a foreign national.

Even after being denied permission to land, the pilot landed the aircraft, the ATC unit has said.

The ATC headquarters is likely to initiate action after issuing a show cause notice to the Sumit Aviation management.

Jolie and Pitt were in Jodhpur to celebrate Diwali. The district administration had asked for ATC's report on the incident, highlighted by the media four days after the controversial landing. The ATC officially confirmed the landing as a 'violation of norms' on Tuesday.

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 04:19 IST