IAF chopper makes emergency landing in city, no casualty

IAF chopper makes emergency landing in city, no casualty

Hit by a technical snag, an Indian Air Force helicopter carrying six personnel made an emergency landing near Bannerghatta in Anekal taluk here on Sunday afternoon. No one was injured.

The Russian-made Mi-8 chopper had taken off from the Yelahanka Air Force Station after the airshow.

Bound for Sulur in Tamil Nadu, the chopper was in air for less than 30 minutes when the pilot realised the technical issue. The alert pilot decided to make a hard landing in a barren plot at Malle Nalasandra near Koppa Gate of Bannerghatta. It was around 4.30 pm.

IAF personnel alerted authorities at the nearby HAL airport, who rushed a rescue team to the landing spot. The snag was inspected, and the chopper was flown to the HAL airport after two hours.

Villagers of Malle Nalasandra, shaken by the sight of the chopper hovering low and landing, rushed to the area. A police team ensured that the surging crowd did not create a commotion when the helicopter was being readied for the return flight.

The chopper will undergo a comprehensive test at the HAL airport.

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