Landed due to poor visibility,to take stock of fuel: Pilot of mystery chopper

A day after an alert was sounded when a mystery helicopter was spotted landing for a short while along the Ratnagiri coast at Harne-Palde before taking off,the chopper has been identified.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: October 10, 2011 12:51 am

A day after an alert was sounded when a mystery helicopter was spotted landing for a short while along the Ratnagiri coast at Harne-Palde before taking off,the chopper has been identified. The Mumbai Police have recorded the statement of the pilot of the helicopter,identified as Capt Nayyer,in which he said the helicopter owned by the New Vitra Company was flying from Belgaum in Karnataka to Juhu aerodrome in Mumbai,and that he was forced to make an emergeny landing due to low visibility and to check fuel levels.

On Saturday,the police in the region became suspicious when local policemen spotted two unidentified persons getting off the helicopter and conducting what they called a “recce of the area”.

The two men walked around for about five to 10 minutes after alighting from the helicopter. They then boarded it and flew towards an unidentified location,the policeman had reported.

According to the police,the pilot has further stated that since visibilty was low in the ghat and as he wanted to calculate the fuel stock of the helicopter,he had to make an emergency landing on the coast.

Pratap Dighavkar,Deputy Commisisoner of Police (Zone 9),said the pilot told him over phone him that after calculating the fuel stock of the helicopter they flew directly to Mumbai.

“We are conducting investigations along with the Ratnagiri Police to find out more about New Vitra Company and the incident. The pilot and the co-spassengers landed in Juhu,which falls under the Santacruz police station,so we recorded their statements,” said Dighavkar.

Ratnagiri Superintendent of Police Pradeep Raskar said,“We have called the pilot and the co-passegers of the helicopter to Ratnagiri on Monday to record their statements. However,the Mumbai Police,DGCA and Air Traffic Control in Mumbai are carrying out the investigations so far.”

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