Friday, March 27, 2009

Helicopter makes emergency halt near Gondia

Tags: Helicopter , Gondia , Maharashtra

Published by: Noor Khan
Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 at 10:17 IST Click Image to Enlarge

Gondia (Maha): A tragedy was averted when a VIP helicopter of the Indian Air Force, which was forced to make an emergency halt after developing a technical snag, landed safely in Purada village, around 50 kms from here, police said.

The MI-17 VIP helicopter, carrying nine passengers including IAF officials and technicians, was on a routine exercise from Delhi and on its way to Raipur via Nagpur, when the snag developed, district Superintendent of Police, Pradeep Deshpande said.

The helicopter made an emergency landing after the fault was detected at around 1130 hours, he said.

Wing Commander K Mukerjee, his assistants R Parija, R K Zha, S K Mishra, technician Tiwari, P K Singh, Omprakash, P Shayamal and one other person were travelling in it, Deshpande said.

Technical experts have left from Delhi, he said adding that the helicopter was likely to be repaired by tomorrow.

A police team has been deployed at the site where the helicopter landed, as the area falls under the Naxal affected Deori tehsil, the SP said.

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