• Bengal government ordered an investigation after Mamata Banerjee's flight faced air turbulence 

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    Mamata Banerjee was on her way back from Varanasi, where she had gone to campaign for the Samajwadi Party for the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

    Digital Desk: Bengal's administration had launched an investigation after chief minister Mamata Banerjee suffered a back injury when the plane she was travelling witnessed a precipitous decrease in altitude before landing in Calcutta on Friday. Mamata Banerjee was on her way back from Varanasi, where she had gone to campaign for the Samajwadi Party for the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Even though the weather over Calcutta was clear, the aircraft's altitude graph revealed an anomalous decrease caused by a sudden drop in air pressure. This was preceded by a violent jerk that injured Mamata Banerjee. Bengal's chief minister has had a history of problems when travelling by plane, Trinamool congress sources said.  In November 2016, a private airline she was flying on her way back from Patna hung over Calcutta sky for more than half an hour before landing at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. Since the flight was permitted to hover while running low on fuel, the Trinamool Congress claimed that it was a "plot to kill" the party chief. Moreover, in August 2017, an Air India flight carrying the chief minister from Delhi to Calcutta was delayed by over four hours due to a cooling unit failure, after which the airline attempted to arrange for a replacement flight. Additionally, the flight from Bagdogra to Calcutta had lingered for roughly 30 minutes in February 2018 following a tour of North Bengal since no runway was available. Mamata Banerjee had questioned the Director General of Civil Aviation, enraged, why her plane had not been given priority to land.

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