Minutes after Maharashtra Chief Minister chopper crash landed, it was not the police or an administration officer but a man named Irfan Sheikh, who had rushed to the spot and helped Devendra Fadnavis get out of the damaged helicopter, an NDTV report said. As per the report, the man who stays in Nilanga village of the state is a scrap dealer. The helipad was laid just near his shop. On Thursday, the incident happened just when the chief Minister was about to leave for Latur from the village, the report added.
On Thursday, the Maharashtra chief minister and five others had a narrow escape when their helicopter crash-landed just after take off. None of six persons in the helicopter sustained any serious injury, an Indian Express report said. Fadnavis, was accompanied by principal secretary Pravin Pardeshi, personal assistant Abhimanyu Pawar, media advisor Ketan Pathak and two crew members. he was returning to Mumbai after assessing water conservation work in Latur.
According to a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) senior official, the six-year-old Sikorsky chopper took off from Nilanga at noon. “After take-off, the pilot found variable wind pattern and decided to land. During landing, the helicopter got entangled in wires. The helicopter has sustained substantial damage,” the official was quoted as saying by the paper.
The chief minister, soon after the accident had tweeted all six on board the helicopter were safe. “The blessings of 11.20 crore people of Maharashtra are my shield,” Fadnavis was quoted as saying by Indian Express later.
“The helicopter took off as usual. But shortly after take-off, one could sense that it was being pulled downwards. Yes, a major accident was averted, and given the constraints and difficult terrain, the pilot tried his best,” he added, as per the paper.