Sunday, October 23, 2016

Chopper ferrying Vaghela, part of Prez fleet, hit by glitch

Gandhinagar: A helicopter, part of President Pranab Mukherjee's entourage and ferrying Congress leaders Shankersinh Vaghela and Bharatsinh Solanki, made an emergency landing at the Vadodara airport due to a technical glitch today but all on-board the chopper were safe.

The chopper was among three VIP helicopters which took off from Ankleshwar in Bharuch district, where the President inaugurated a hospital, and was headed to Gandhinagar. But only the chopper carrying the President and another one arrived here.

"A VIP helicopter made an emergency landing at Vadodara airport this afternoon due to some technical snag," an airport official said.

According to Vaghela, one of the two engines of the helicopter developed a technical problem after it took off from Ankleshwar.

Apart from Vaghela, the Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly, Solanki who is the state Congress President, was also in the snag-hit helicopter, a Mi-17.
23/10/16 PTI/Business Standard