Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five other people escaped unhurt this afternoon when his chopper crash-landed in Latur. After incident, Fadnavis said he and everyone else were safe because of the “blessings of 11 crore people of Maharashtra”. However, a video of the crash has surfaced on the internet that shows the chief minister had a very narrow escape. The chopper was badly damaged in the mishap.
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The chief minister was leaving for Mumbai after a breakfast meeting with farmers in Nilanga. After the incident, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that Sikorsky VT-CMM helicopter took off at noon from Nilanga in Latur and crash-landed close to the helipad.
” After take-off, pilot found variable wind pattern. Pilot decided to land back. During landing, the helicopter got entangled in wires. The helicopter has sustained susbtantial damage,” the aviation body said.
“All six persons are safe and escaped unhurt. Spoke to commander of the flight as well as Hon’ble CM. Both informed well being of all occupants,” it added.
“Fortunately, I have the blessings of more than 11 crore people of Maharashtra so I have escaped without any injuries,” the chief minister said. He also said that his vitals have been checked and that he is stable.