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The ini­tial probe con­ducted by the Air­craft Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AAIB) into the crash-land­ing in May this year of the he­li­copter car­ry­ing the Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis, has prima fa­cie found lapses on the part of the pi­lot which could have led to the ac­ci­dent. The AAIB which comes un­der the Min­istry of Civil Aviation, has wrapped up its ini­tial probe into the he­li­copter ac­ci­dent and sub­mit­ted its re­port. Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis had a nar­row es­cape when soon af­ter take­off, the he­li­copter got en­tan­gled in the wires over­head and crash-landed in Latur district in Ma­ha­rash­tra af­ter the pi­lot tried to de­scend due to bad weather. “The pi­lot failed to as­sess the load on the he­li­copter on a day of high tem­per­a­ture. Since high tem­per­a­ture makes it harder for a he­li­copter to get off the ground, he should not have taken off with al­most full load,” the of­fi­cial added. Be­sides, the Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dure laid down for he­li­copter op­er­a­tions, was also not fol­lowed prop­erly, a source in the AAIB said.

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