The President, who is to attend convocation function of the Pondichery University and later visit the Aurobindo Ashram, was accommodated in another Mi-17 helicopter.

Of the three Mi-17 helicopters, two later flew to Puducherry. The departure of the President from Chennai was delayed by about an hour.

Three IAF choppers-- one from Bangalore and two from Guwhati were stationed at the airport. Moments after the President boarded one of the choppers, the problem was noticed and he disembarked.


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