A helicopter has crashed in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony leaving three people injured and one dead. The crash took place near Royal Palms in an area known as Filter Pada. Those injured were rushed to Seven Hills hospital. Of the four injured, pilot Praful Mishra was declared dead on arrival due to extensive burn and trauma injuries.
According to hospital superintendent Dr Raj Karva, male passenger Ritesh Modi is in a critical condition. He, along with Bindra Modi, were on a joy ride, taking an aerial tour of the city. Ritesh has multiple head and chest injuries, Karva said. “A lady (Brinda) has been brought with 35 per cent burns. She is conscious,” he added. A third male — Sanjay Shankar — suffered fractures to his hand, but is stable. Shankar was the technician on-board the chopper.
Officials said that the helicopter was carrying four people – two crew members and two passengers. The crash is believed to have taken place at 11.30 am but the fire brigade received the call at 12.19 pm, officials added.
Five fire trucks were rushed to the spot and by 1.20 pm the fire had been doused. According to Mumbai Fire Chief Rahangdale, an emergency call was made at 12.19 pm.
The helicopter was a Robinson R44 Astro model, a 1992 model that originally owned by Pawan Hans, but was later sold to a private aviation company Aman Aviation that operates out of Juhu and uses the helicopter for providing joy rides.
Aman Aviation was not available for comment.
Officials said that the preliminary investigation reveals that while the helicopter was in the air, a fire was noticed and the helicopter was forced to crash land in an open ground in Aarey colony.
Aarey Colony is located in Mumbai’s Goregaon East suburb.
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