Mumbai, Oct 21 (IANS) An Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force on Wednesday made an emergency landing here due to “technical” reasons, IAF sources said.
A Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force was on a routine sortie from Santacruz Airport this afternoon. During the sortie the aircraft developed a technical problem and carried out a precautionary landing at Bandra Kurla Complex Area, Mumbai. The aircraft and all four personnel on board are safe. Technical and ground support teams have been positioned on site to assess the aircraft. ( pic by Ravindra Zende )
Sources from the IAF said the crew of the helicopter is safe and there were no injuries on ground either.
The sources added it was a “precautionary landing due to technical reasons”.
IAF chopper makes emergency landing in Mumbai
Mumbai, Oct 21 (IANS) An Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-17 helicopter made an emergency landing on a ground in the congested central business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex here on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. There were no casualties.
There were at least four airmen on board who officials said were safe. The helicopter did not suffer any damage.
The chopper was on a routine training sortie. It suddenly experienced some technical problems, compelling it to make the landing at the MMRDA ground, the heart of a civilian suburb.
“The helicopter carried out a precautionary landing. All crew and the chopper are safe,” an official said, adding that the chopper was scheduled to land at the IAF base in Colaba, south Mumbai.
Thousands of civilians trooped out of their offices to catch a glimpse of the unusual arrival from the sky. Mumbai Police cordoned off the area.