Friday, May 26, 2017

Aging chopper, airplane put Gujarat VIPs at risk

Aging aircraft - both helicopters and planes — used by chief ministers, ministers and senior officials in different states pose a risk to these VIPs. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had a narrow escape on Thursday when the chopper carrying him crash-landed at Latur.
On January 26 this year, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and Governor O P Kohli were luckier still when the helicopter carrying them failed to take off from Anand. Rupani and Kohli were returning to the state capital after Republic Day celebrations. They had to travel to Gandhinagar by road.
After the Anand incident, Rupani had to use private helicopters for a month as the state chopper was being repaired.
Officials say the Gujarat government helicopter is 10 years old (it was bought in 2007) while the fixed-wing plane, bought in 1999, is 18 years old.
26/05/17 Kapil Dave/Times of India