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Coast Guard chopper makes emergency landing in Maha, co-pilot hurt

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

An helicopter, on a routine patrol with four crew members on board, made an emergency landing near beach in district of this afternoon, injuring a woman co-pilot, an ICG said.

The had earlier said that the helicopter had "crash landed".

The ICG said that according to the preliminary reports, the helicopter suffered technical difficulties for around 25 minutes after it took off from the base in

"The helicopter that took off from for routine surveillance sortie with four crew made an emergency landing near Beach, Murud tehsil this afternoon," Avinandan Mitra, deputy commandant and PRO for (West), said in a statement.

"The pilot- Deputy Singh- managed to land the helicopter by avoiding populated places and the sea. received some injury in the incident, but nobody else was injured. All were taken to the naval hospital 'Asvini' at for treatment and medical checkup," he said.

Other two members were identified as Pradhan Navik (P/Nvk) and Navik (Nvk) Baljeet Singh, the said, adding that all four were evacuated by the and the

"The preliminary report says that the crew experienced technical difficulties for 25 minutes after taking off," he said.

Asked about the damage to the helicopter, a senior ICG said, "The rotors of the chopper and its are intact. The tail rotor is slightly bent. Except the right wheel area, no part has broken off. We need to carry out a thorough inspection."

He said that the chopper is most likely to be airlifted from the site.

The ICG statement lauded for his presence of mind and "special skills" in avoiding the landing of the helicopter in crowded places and the sea.

Earlier, the had said in a statement, "A Chetak helicopter of the Indian Coast Guard, during a routine patrol off the coast south of Mumbai, crash landed six nautical miles north of Murud near Alibaug at 1448 hours today."

A naval said the launched two Chetak helicopters and a Seaking 'C' chopper on a search and rescue mission and located the ICG helicopter.

One ICG Chetak helicopter and an chopper were also part of the search operation, the said.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 20:10 IST