Brangelina chopper ride lands in trouble in India


NEW DELHI - A helicopter ride has landed Hollywood star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in trouble after their hired aircraft landed at a palace hotel in western India without permission, a newspaper said on Friday.

The celebrity couple are in India shooting for "A Mighty Heart," a film about American reporter Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

The couple's chopper landed at a palace-turned hotel in Jodhpur city in the desert state of Rajasthan on October 20 after claiming it needed to make an emergency landing, the Times of India newspaper quoted a government official as saying.

"After speaking with the Umed Bhawan Palace (hotel) management, the district administration would now ask Jodhpur's air traffic control for it's report," the Jodhpur official, Bhura Ram Delu, was quoted as saying by the daily.

Delu said the helicopter, operated by an Indian firm, did not have permission to land at the luxury hotel's private helipad. The penalty for the violation was not immediately known.

The couple's month-long visit to India -- which has sparked intense media coverage -- has been eventful with Jolie's minders roughing up a persistent photographer, and on another occasion, a car in her convoy knocking down a motorcyclist.
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