Close shave for pi­lot as he’s hit by chop­per ro­tor

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The pi­lot of a chop­per with ex-Haryana chief min­is­ter B S Hooda on board was in­jured by the main ro­tor blade when the Agusta 109C was pre­par­ing to fly from Farid­abad to Delhi on Thurs­day. The pi­lot was stand­ing out­side the chop­per dur­ing en­gine startup. Luck­ily, the ro­tors had slowed down and he man­aged to duck in time, es­cap­ing with a mi­nor in­jury on the fore­head. The Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) has sent a team to Palli vil­lage of Farid­abad where the chop­per had landed.

“An Agusta 109C he­li­copter (VTATA) chop­per be­long­ing to Aerotech Avi­a­tion op­er­ated a char­ter flight from Delhi to Farid­abad’s Palli vil­lage on Thurs­day. Dur­ing the re­turn flight, one of the pi­lots got hurt on the fore­head,” said a se­nior DGCA of­fi­cial. The oper­a­tor had told the reg­u­la­tor that the pi­lot went to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for check-up and that Hooda was on board at that time.

There is no dam­age to the he­li­copter, which is now grounded in Farid­abad. “This kind of thing hap­pens when safety in­struc­tions are not fol­lowed. The pi­lot went into the dan­ger area in­ad­ver­tently, prob­a­bly not as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion prior to de­par­ture. A DGCA of­fi­cer has been sent to the site for in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the of­fi­cial added.

Com­ments from the char­ter firm were awaited till the time of go­ing to press.


is abun­dantly found in West Ben­gal’s Sun­dar­bans. The or­gan­is­ers also claimed to have used or­ganic colours for all kinds of dec­o­ra­tions.

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