Coast Guard chopper crash lands in Maharashtra, woman pilot injured

Coast Guard helicopter crash lands in Raigad area, Maharashtra

An Indian Coast Guard chopper crash landed near Murud's Nandgaon in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Saturday, March 10, according to ANI.

The ICG helicopter that took off from Mumbai for routine surveillance sortie with four crew made an emergency landing near Nandgaon Beach, Murud.

The Indian Navy sent three helicopters to respond to its call.

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Recently, two pilots died when an Indian Air Force (IAF) microlight helicopter crashed in Assam's Majuli island on February 15. The ICG chopper was located by the Navy and all 4 crew members were rescued and flown back to the Naval Hospital INHS Asvini at Mumbai.

A probe is underway into the reason behind the mishap.

The Indian Navy soon pressed its Seaking helicopter with a medical team on-board to provide cover to the crashed chopper. "Last year, an audit carried out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) at Pawan Hans, Andaman and Nicobar base showed several engineering and maintenance deficiencies", said the statement issued by Petroleum Employees Union. The incident happened after some technical problem was detected 25 minutes post take-off.

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