Wrong landing of chopper: Himachal says no need for probe

February 22nd, 2009 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Feb 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government does not plan to conduct an inquiry into the incident in which a chopper used by VVIPs landed at the wrong place in Una town, an official said.
“There is no need for conducting any inquiry into the incident (in which the chopper landed at a wrong place). Moreover, there was no VVIP travelling in it at that time… it was on a trial run,” director of hospitality and protocol K.R. Bharti told IANS Sunday.

A state government 15-seater chopper, which is often used by the chief minister and other VVIPs, landed Saturday in Indira Stadium in Una where a Ranji cricket match between Punjab and Services was in progress.

“We (protocol department) told the pilot to land the chopper at Guglehar village for a trial run. But somehow, it seems that district authorities have given some directions to the pilot to first land the chopper at Una’s police ground and then at Guglehar,” Bharti said. The road distance between Guglehar and Una is 15 kms.

“At Una also, the pilot probably did not differentiate between the stadium and the police ground and made a wrong landing. On routine visits, the chopper lands in the stadium only. It was just some confusion,” he said.

Una additional district magistrate Vinod Kumar said the chopper was on a trial run from Shimla as chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is to visit Guglehar Monday. A pilot and a co-pilot were in the chopper.

He said the cricket match was stopped for 20 minutes.

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