Saturday, January 13, 2018

After Fadnavis' chopper mishaps, Maharashtra to send its pilots for training in US

Mumbai: After five life-threatening chopper mishaps involving Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in last one year, the state government has decided to send three of its pilots for training in US. The pilots attached with Maharashtra Directorate of Civil Aviation will undergo a 14-day refresher training course at CAE, Morristown, New Jersey, USA in October.

The decision was announced through a Government Resolution (GR) issued by General Administration Department (GAD) on a day when a pilot managed to avoid an accident of a helicopter carrying Fadnavis and Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari on Thursday. The pilot noticed a cable lying at the helipad in Bhayandar, took it up and slighted changed its direction to land safely.

Ironically, the refresher training was supposed to have been done in October 2017 whereas the GR has been issued only on January 11. The list of three pilots who were supposed to undergo the training includes Captain Sanjay Karve, who also happens to be the Director of the state Civil Aviation and chief pilot, senior pilot Captain Mahendra Dalvi and co-pilot Captain Mohit Sharma.
12/01/18 Kiran Tare/India Today

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