Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fadnavis’ helicopter crash-lands in Latur, CM escapes unhurt

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had a narrow escape today when his helicopter got entangled in overhead wires and crash-landed in Latur district after the pilot tried to descend due to bad weather, soon after take-off.
The state government’s six-year-old Sikorsky chopper was damaged beyond repair, an official of civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told PTI.
The accident occurred when the helicopter, which had six persons on board including two crew members, was landing at Nilanga town of the district where the CM had held a programme.
The incident will be investigated by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), which comes under the civil aviation ministry, the official said. The AIB probes all accidents and serious incidents involving Indian aircraft.
“Our helicopter did meet with an accident in Latur but me and my team is (sic) absolutely safe and ok. Nothing to worry,” Fadnavis tweeted after the accident.
The chief minister later proceeded by road to Latur city, which is about 40 kms from the crash site, and boarded a specially arranged aircraft to fly to Mumbai.
The DGCA official said the six-seater helicopter suffered substantial damage and would have to be “written off”.
After taking-off at around 12 noon, the pilot observed a variable wind pattern and decided to land. In the process, the helicopter got entangled in wires, the official said, adding that all on board are safe and escaped without any serious injury.
25/05/17 PTI/
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