CRASH OF HELICOPTER CARRYING CHIEF MINISTER FADNAVIS
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.