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    The chief minister of Maharashtra, India’s most industrialized state, and five other people escaped unhurt when a Sikorsky helicopter VT-CMM carrying them crash-landed on Thursday afternoon.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — Upon the crash-landing, Devendra Fadnavis, the chief minister of Maharashtra, immediately tweeted that he and the other people on the chopper were fine despite the damage to the aircraft. "After take-off, the pilot found variable wind pattern. The pilot decided to land back. During landing, the helicopter got entangled in wires. The helicopter has sustained substantial damage," a statement issued by India's aviation regulator said.

    The Maharashtra government sought a regular DGCA inquiry into the incident since the helicopter had been in service for just 6-7 years.

    Several crashes involving the US-made Sikorsky helicopter have been reported recently. Twelve soldiers from Saudi Arabia died in a Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter crash in April this year in eastern Yemen while in March; seven people including the pilots lost their lives in a crash of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter in Turkey.



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