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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Pitt chopper prompts Indian probe
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their son Maddox
The couple rode on a rickshaw with their adopted son Maddox
Authorities in India are looking into claims that a helicopter used by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie landed in the city of Jodhpur without permission.

The Hollywood couple's aircraft touched down after an emergency landing was requested, reported the Times of India.

Jodhpur official Bhura Ram Delu said a customary request to land the craft at a resort hotel had not been received.

Pitt and Jolie are in India shooting Daniel Pearl, a film about the reporter who was murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

Media frenzy

Manoj Pant, an air traffic controller at Jodhpur airport, said they were unaware of the issue and had only seen the couple board their chartered helicopter.

Mr Delu said air traffic control officials were responsible for granting or denying aircraft permission to land in the area, and are usually informed about such flights for security reasons.

"We are looking into the matter and making inquiries," he added.

Pitt and Jolie have created a media frenzy during their month-long visit to India, travelling to Rajasthan to witness celebrations for the festival of Diwali.

A British press photographer was allegedly injured by one of the couple's personal security officers outside their hotel in the city of Pune, where Daniel Pearl is in production.

On another occasion, a car in their convoy was reported to have knocked down a motorcyclist.

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