Narrow escape for Gadkari and Fadnavis; CM ducks danger for the fifth time in eight months

Radhika Dhawad | Jan 12, 2018 12:51

Devendra Fadnavis
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (Photo by: Kartik Thakur)

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday (January 11), during the fifth time in eight months, escaped a major mishap while in a helicopter along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The mishap occurred when CM’s chopper was landing at Bhayander near Mumbai.

The pilot upon noticing a cable wire near the landing area in the vicinity of a school ground (where the CM and Gadkari were supposed to attend a function) landed the helicopter elsewhere thereby avoiding any accident.

Last month, the private chopper carrying Fadnavis to Aurangabad, had to be landed due to overloading after taking off from Nasik. On 7 July, Fadnavis had a narrow escape while flying from Alibaug near Mumbai when the pilot started the engines before the CM had even boarded. Fadnavis’ security guards had to push him out of the helicopter.

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Similarly, on 25 May, Fadnavis’ chopper had to be crash-landed during the takeoff from Nilanga in Latur district. On 10 May, a helicopter that was assigned to ferry Fadnavis to Nagpur crashed before reaching the pick-up location in Gadchiroli.