Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Indian Navy copter makes emergency landing at Santacruz Airport in Mumbai

Mumbai: Santacruz late on Tuesday. The naval helicopter, Seaking 42B, was on a routine sortie when it developed technical glitches. The Indian Navy personnel present at the domestic airport is carrying out checks of the copter.
The copter made an emergency landing at the airport at about 8.50 pm. "The copter with patrolling crews started from INS Shikra in Colaba for the routine sortie at around 7.15 pm on Tuesday. The emergency landing was carried out an hour-and-half later. Navy technical officials at the airport are accessing the problem," said a Navy source.
There were three crews onboard when the chopter indicated problem. "In view of an emergency indication on its engine the landing was done. The aircraft and crew are safe," said Indian Navy commandant (Chief PRO) Mehul Karnik.
Seaking 42B, aptly named the flying frigate, act as force multipliers while operating from INS Viraat, Godavari and Brahmaputra class ships. The ship borne flights continue to execute multifarious missions in all weather - by day and night. The chopter have an improved sensor fit and capability for Anti-Shipping strikes and a multipurpose helicopter generally meant for antisubmarine warfare, weathered extreme situations to rescue people stranded in the Arabian Sea.
On March 10, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) helicopter (Chetak CG 803) which was on a routine sortie crash landed six nautical miles (about 11 km) north of Murud near Alibaug. In the incident the woman co-pilot, Penny Chaudhary (28) died on March 27 after she suffered severe head injuries. She was in ventilator after the helicopter rotor blade hit her on the helmet.
10/04/18 Narayan Namboodiri/Times of India