US backup planes at Jaipur airport for Donald Trump in case Delhi weather fails

JAIPUR: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) Jaipur is geared up to receive Air Force One carrying US president Donald Trump in case weather plays truant in Delhi on Monday.

As a backup plan, a US Air Force Boeing 757 landed here on Sunday evening to ferry Trump in case there is a technical snag in his plane. In addition, a C-17 Globemaster landed here for the second day with some more equipment needed for ground-handling.

According to sources, at least 50 people including security personnel, officials of US embassy, technical surveillance experts and others are already in town to take care of arrangements.

Reliable sources from Jaipur airport said security personnel from the US arrived in the Boeing 757. The aircraft landed at 7.48 pm.

However, citing security concerns Jaipur airport authorities refrained from commenting much on the developments.

“We are not much aware on this. We have received a Boeing 757 aircraft of America at our airport. We don’t have any further directions or intimation about it,” said a senior officer at the airport.

Jaideep Singh Balhara, director, Jaipur airport said, “All what I can tell you is that we are ready in case the aircraft carrying American president Trump and others land here. Our airport is an alternative airport in case Delhi’s weather goes awryon Monday.”

Security has also been fortified in and around Jaipur airport. “If this diversion happens, we may witness the landing of the aircraft carrying Trump and his team by 1pm to 1.30 pm on Monday,” said an officer.

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