Bhubaneswar, Oct 15: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) today clarified that actual flying timing of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s aerial survey to flood affected areas of August 31 was 19 minutes.
The clarification came after a story run by Odia channel OTV has raised doubts on the veracity of such an aerial survey undertaken by the Odisha CM through RTI application.
In a statement, the AAI said the Chief Minister’s flight departed Bhubaneswar at 3:42 PM on August 31 and landed back at the airport at 4:01 PM. “All the timings given with respect to flight movements are UTC only. The actual flying time excludes warmup time, startup time at apron and taxi time to runway and return to apron after landing,” the statement added.
Earlier the the state government has claimed that the news was fake with an intention to defame the CM.