Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis along with three others narrowly escaped after the chopper they were in crash-landed in Latur, Maharashtra, on Thursday just after noon.
Confirming the accident, CM posted a tweet on the social networking site saying that he and everyone else are safe.
Our helicopter did meet with an accident in Latur but me and my team is absolutely safe and ok.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 25, 2017
Nothing to worry.
While speaking to NDTV, Fadnavis said that the helicopter landed soon after taking off because of technical trouble.
“When the helicopter took off, there was an emergency landing, an accident, but we are safe. No one is injured. We are safe with the blessings of god and Maharashtra,” he said.
Four persons were travelling in the chopper. CM’s media advisor Chetan Patil was slightly bruised but was only needed minor first-aid.
Chopper with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis onboard crash-lands in Latur, CM and team escapes unhurt pic.twitter.com/1tQ4NXqeoo— ANI (@ANI_news) May 25, 2017
Fadnavis had gone to Latur to participate in BJP’s farmer outreach programme, with principal secretary Pravin Pardeshi and staff Abhimanyu Pawar and Ketan Pathak.
The helicopter crash-landed near a slum like area at Nilanga close to the helipad from where it took off. An ST bus in the close proximity got damaged.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) released a statement saying, “After takeoff, the pilot found variable wind pattern and decided to land. During landing, the helicopter got entangled in wires. The helicopter has sustained substantial damage.”
“All six persons are safe and escaped unhurt. Spoke to the commander of the flight as well as Hon'ble CM. Both informed well-being of all occupants,” the DGCA added.
Information source: ndtv
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