The plane that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami was travelling from Chennai to Thoothukudi developed a snag mid-air and returned to Chennai this morning.
According to Air Traffic Control officials, the flight to Thoothkudi, which had 60 passengers, along with the VVIP, suffered high cabin pressure over Kancheepuram airspace.
The aircraft was not flying high due to cabin pressure and was returned to Chennai airport. “It is a normal standard operation procedure,” officials added.
The Chief Minister was on way to Kanyakumari to take part in the function that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was participating in this afternoon.
Following the technical snag developed by the flight, Palaniswami took another flight to Madurai and from there travelled by road to Kanyakumari.
Sources said the flight had on board 78 passengers and five crew members. The pilot noticed a technical snag while the flight was airborne, it returned to Chennai and made an emergency landing at 8.35 am.
Palaniswami was scheduled to travel to Kanyakumari from Tuticorin to attend a government event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be present.