Aviation expert slams Gupta happy landings

SA Flyer Magazine editor Guy Leitch says the Guptas are receiving preferential treatment, because of their political connections. Video: eNCA

An aviation expert has cautioned that allowing the Gupta family to land a jet at Waterkloof Airforce Base sets a disturbing precedent.

Editor of SA Flyer Magazine, Guy Leitch says it's not unprecedented for Air Force Bases to allow civilian planes to land, but that that usually only applies to official government visits.

The Gupta Family issued a statement saying there was nothing improper about their use of the airforce base.

The statement contends that all permissions were sought and obtained by the Indian High Commission, and not by the family.

The statement implies the plane load of visitors included foreign dignitaries and ministers.

All of the visitors were destined to attend the lavish wedding of Vega Gupta - a week-long affair set for Sun City.

For its part, the SANDF has categorically denied that it granted permission for civilians to land at the airforce base, saying it is a key strategic point.



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