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Helicopter crash: Close shave for Gadkari family

A private helicopter,hired along with two others for the visit of BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and his family,crashed in Ladpur jungles.

A private helicopter,hired along with two others for the visit of BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and his family,crashed in Ladpur jungles here on Sunday —barely hours after the group had got down at the airport. The pilot of the helicopter and an engineer were injured seriously.

Dehradun SSP G S Martolia said the helicopter of SAR Aviation was flying to Sahastradhara helipad here from Jolly Grant Airport when it crashed apparently due to a technical fault as the weather was clear. The other two helicopters had reached the helipad safely.

Uttarakhand Government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

The helicopter was part of three helicopters hired by the Uttarakhand government to take Gadkari and his family to Chardham yatra,official sources said. They added that the group,which had come in the three helicopters from Badrinath,had got down at Jolly Grant Airport at 1 pm and after an hour the helicopters had left for Sahastradhara helipad.

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The pilot,Navin Vid,and engineer Navnil Kumar were admitted to government Coronation hospital in critical condition. Later,they were taken to a private hospital.

The debris of the helicopter fell close to a residential area but there was no casualty on the ground,the SSP said.

First published on: 20-06-2011 at 03:20:12 am
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