Friday, January 12, 2018

Copter trouble for Maharashtra CM Fadnavis again, now by cables

Mumbai:  Maharashtra's chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his helicopter woes seem to have no end. On Thursday, he was to take off for Mumbai from a helipad in Mira-Bhayander, but was forced to make the journey by road after the pilot warned of cable wires that would have obstructed takeoff.
The chief minister boarded an MD 900, a light, twin engine helicopter, from a temporary helipad on Mumbai Port Trust land around 11:45am on Thursday. Along with him were Union minister Nitin Gadkari and three others. The party flew to Mira-Bhayander f or a function. "Around 12.30pm, when the helicopter was on the final approach to land, the pilot noticed obstructions along the aircraft path.
Cable wires between buildings came to the pilot's notice, who changed course, landing the helicopter safely," said Capt Sanjay Karve, director, civil aviation, Maharashtra. The landing was on a temporary helipad, an open ground attached to the Seven Square Academy School, which belongs to BJP MLA Narendra Mehta. Sources say that prima facie it appears that basic flight safety norms like keeping the aircraft approach path obstruction-free weren't followed; Fadnavis took the district administration to task over the issue.
12/01/18 Times of India