DGCA begins probe into emergency chopper landing

Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 20:38

Bangalore: DGCA began an inquiry into the
emergency landing of a helicopter on the terrace of a
five-storey residential apartment building as the chopper was
dismantled on Friday.

"The chopper was dismantled and brought down to the
ground," an official of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
said.

A DGCA team inspected the site. Pilot of the chopper in
his statement said engine failure had forced him to make the
emergency landing.

The helicopter on a training sortie made the emergency
landing on the terrace of the building here yesterday. Both
the pilot and the trainee on board escaped unhurt.

HAL Rotary Wing Academy`s Schweizer-300C helicopter,
flown by Air Commodore (Retd) Roj Assey along with trainee
Capt Digvijay Singh, took-off at 1430 hours and flew for two
hours and 10 minutes before the emergency landing.

There was no damage to the building but the helicopter
sustained some damage.

The Air Commodore controlled the helicopter to make an
emergency landing atop the building as there was no open place
available nearby, where he could have landed immediately.

It was a "very light helicopter" and was about four years
old and being used for civilian helicopter training.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 20:38

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