5 hurt as BSF chopper "Dhruv" crashes at Raipur airport

United News of India

Raipur, January 15, 2012

Five people, including the pilot, a co-pilot and three engineers, aboard a Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter "Dhruv" had a providential escape with injuries after the chopper crashed on the runway at Raipur airport while taking off for a trial flight.

The chopper - designed and manufactured by the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) - plummeted to the runway from a height 35 ft due to sudden engine failure, injured pilot P D Tiwari said.
A team of doctors, treating the injured at the Ram Krishna Care Hospital, said all the five identified as pilot P D Tiwari, co-pilot R K Sarin, and engineers Subrat Chandra, Pankaj Pal and Anand Bharti, were out of danger.
Airport sources said the mishap, which took place at around 1230 hours, disrupted flight operations for nearly five hours due to blockade of the main runway. The wreckage of the chopper was removed from the runway with the help of cranes.
At least four flights of different airlines to and from Raipur to Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi were affected, the sources said.
According to Additional Director General of Police Ram Nivas, the BSF chopper was on a trial flight this afternoon prior to its departure for the Naxal-affected Bastar region. The victims were working with the Pavan Hans.
State Director General of Police Anil Navaney, BSF DIG P S Dhiman and other top officials rushed to the accident spot and visited the injured at the hospital.
A team of experts from HAL and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will arrive here tomorrow for investigation.