Friday, March 22, 2019

When the Mi-8 landed on Bengaluru’s roads

Bengaluru roads became a runway on Wednesday as a Mi-8 Helpicopter took the route to reach its newest destination-National Military Memorial.
As the aircraft was being transported via road, the police had a tough time getting all the clearances and ensuring the near ‘zero’ traffic so that the chopper isn’t damaged or doesn’t crash into other vehicles.
 After a lot of brainstorming, the police gave permission for the chopper to be towed on Wednesday midnight. As it was slowing being towed in the night, many people who on Airport Road had a pleasant surprise as this was the first time they were seeing a helicopter running on city roads for such a long distance. “I was heading to the airport in the night and was surprised to see a chopper travelling on the road. I couldn’t believe my eyes at the first instance and then saw a tractor towing it. However, it was a great experience to see it. I saw a few people videographing the event also,” said Ramesh K, a resident of Sadashivanagar.
 The Mi-8 helicopter which bid a farewell to the force in 2017 after 45 years of service was moved to the National Military Memorial in Raj Bhavan from the Yelahanka Air Base on Wednesday.
 A towing vehicle was provided by the Indian Air Force (IAF) which towed the helicopter till Raj Bhavan. Traffic police were instructed to guide the traffic at Yelahanka, Hebbal and RT Nagar. It took a total of 45 minutes to move the helicopter.
 22/03/19 Iffath Fathima/Bangalore Mirror
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