Thane: Close shave for Devendra Fadnavis' helicopter yet again
There seems to be no end to the mishaps involving Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and helicopters. Fadnavis had yet another narrow escape when his helicopter was about to land in Thane district on Thursday.
He was along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil and Mumbai BJP president Aashish Shelar when the incident took place. These leaders were in Bhayander area of Thane to attend a ceremony of Versova Bridge on National Highway. And after laying the foundation stone for the International Cruise Terminal in Mumbai, Fadnavis and Gadkari took a helicopter to Bhayander.
When the helicopter was about to land, the pilot spotted cables dangling. Showing presence of mind he immediately aborted the landing and took off the copter.
One of the senior leaders present in the flight, on the condition of anonymity, told India Today that it was indeed a traumatic experience.
"We were just a few feet above the dangling wires. Had the landing not been aborted in time, it could have been a disaster. We felt a sudden jerk as the pilot changed the course," he said.
After the programme, however, both Fadnavis and Gadkari preferred to travel back to Mumbai by road.
This incident, however, has raised many a eyebrows as this is the fourth such incident in just 9 months.
On May 25th last year, Fadnavis' helicopter had crash-landed after taking off from Latur for Mumbai.
Then again in July 2017, in Alibaug, Fadnavis escaped unscathed in a mishap involving his helicopter.
Last month, Fadnavis' helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Nashik due to overloading.