Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday escaped narrowly from a major mishap. The Bharatiya Janata Party leaders were en route to attend an event in Mira Road near Mumbai in a helicopter when the incident took place, as per Zee News report. The helicopter was supposed to land on school premises, but just before the landing the pilot spotted a wire and pulled the chopper back. He landed the chopper safely at a nearby spot, the report added. However, this is not the first time Maharastra CM has escaped a helicopter mishap. Earlier, in 2017, Fadnavis escaped unhurt after his chopper crash-landed in Latur when the pilot tried to descend because of bad weather, soon after take-off.
The helicopter, which had six persons on board including two crew members, got entangled in overhead wires while landing at Nilanga area where the CM had held a programme. “Our helicopter did meet with an accident in Latur but me and my team is absolutely safe and ok. Nothing to worry,” Fadnavis tweeted after the mishap.
A senior official of the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) said the state governments Sikorsky helicopter suffered substantial damage in the accident. After taking off at around 12 pm today, the pilot observed a variable wind pattern and decided to land. During landing, the helicopter got entangled in wires, the official said, adding that all six persons who were on board are safe and escaped without serious injuries. The authorities spoke to the commander of the flight as well as the chief minister. Both informed about the well-being of all occupants, the official said.
Fadnavis had gone to Latur in Marathwada for the BJPs Shivar Samwad Sabha, a statewide campaign to reach out to farmers. “I am safe. There was a minor accident involving the helicopter. People shouldn’t believe in rumours,” Fadnavis said.