Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis’ Chopper Force Lands in Nashik
Mumbai, Dec 9: A helicopter ferrying Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to Aurangabad on Saturday was forced to land soon after taking off from Nashik due to overloading, reports claimed. However, after offloading one of the passengers and some luggage, the private chopper took off again successfully for its scheduled journey.
According to an aviation expert, quoted by PTI, the police did not specify the cause of the chopper making force-landing. However, ‘deboarding of a passenger and some luggage could be linked to the maximum load carrying capacity of the helicopter,’ he said.
Calling it ‘not a major issue’, an official said, “As the helicopter was unable to get the required altitude to fly, some luggage was also off- loaded.”” The chief minister flew in the same chopper and attended all events in Aurangabad as per schedule,” he added.
Watch: Helicopter carrying #Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan force-lands in Nashik due to overloading https://t.co/rF4q9KM0R9 @dhavalkulkarni pic.twitter.com/wZ3ZkiB8Ad
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This is the latest in a series of incidents involving Fadnavis while flying in a helicopter.
On July 7, before take-off in a helicopter from Alibaug near Mumbai, Fadnavis narrowly missed being struck by the chopper’s tail rotor when the pilot inexplicably started the engines before the chief minister had boarded.
Security guards accompanying Fadnavis had then pushed him out of harm’s way.
On May 25, the rotor of a helicopter carrying Fadnavis tangled with power lines and it crash-landed during take-off from Nilanga in Latur district.
On May 10, a helicopter assigned to ferry Fadnavis to Nagpur crashed before reaching the pick-up location in Gadchiroli.