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