Video Shows 'Aborted Takeoff'
Video has emerged of the "aborted takeoff" of a King Air B200 that almost wiped out the chief executive office of an Indian state in late March. Jagannath Pahadia, governor of Haryana, a state in northern India, was among nine or 10 (reports differ) passengers and crew aboard the twin when it took off from Chandigarh Airport March 27 bound for Dehli. The aircraft rotated and rose about 20 feet before crashing beside the runway in flames. One of the pilots told Indian media the crash was actually a "semi-controlled" landing after an aborted takeoff. "The plane had taxied out for takeoff at 11:37 a.m. for Delhi and as it was in the process of taking off its control system got jammed," an unidentified spokesman, quoting the aircraft's pilot Wing Commander B. Nanda, said.
Despite the post-crash fire, everyone aboard, including Nanda and his unidentified copilot, the governor's wife and six staff were able to escape without injuries according to the governor's office. Pahadia was checked and released from hospital the same day. The takeoff run appeared normal but right after rotation the aircraft banked about 10 degrees to the right before yawing sharply left and impacting the infield left wing first. Both engines separated. It's not clear whether there's an investigation or whether Indian officials are accepting Nanda's account.