Saturday, December 10, 2016

Navy chopper makes emergency landing

A single-engine, light-utility Chetak helicopter, on a routine sortie from the INS Vikramaditya, encountered an engine malfunction off Canacona and was forced to make an emergency landing at a popular resort in Canacona. The cause of the problem was a sudden drop in oil pressure around 7am on Friday morning and the helicopter made an emergency landing around 7.15am.
According to senior naval officers at INS Hansa, a team of engineers from INS Hansa was dispatched to repair the stricken craft.
The Chetak helicopter plays numerous roles in the Indian Navy, including search and rescue (SAR), replenishment of men and material, casualty evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), and is an essential cog for fleet operations at sea.
“The Chetak helicopter experienced a technical snag inflight due to a low oil pressure. Any variation in oil temperature of a helicopter can cause a snag. The pilots adopted emergency procedures and landed safely in South Goa,” flag officer commanding Goa area (FOGA) and flag officer naval aviation rear admiral Puneet Bahl said, in an official statement.
Serving in the Indian Armed forces since the 1960s, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HCL) built Chetak is based on the Alouette III and was built under licence from a French state-owned firm, Aerospatiale. Their production stopped in 1990 and several countries such as Argentina, Denmark and Ireland replaced the Alouette III long ago.
10/12/16 The Times Of India
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