BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and his family had a stroke of luck on Sunday as the chopper carrying them crashed in an Uttarakhand forest near Dehra Dun an hour after they deplaned.
The chopper’s tail got entangled in a tree in the Ladpur forest after the Gadkaris got off at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehra Dun. It then broke into pieces, witnesses said.
Firemen sprayed water on the mangled metal heap to check the possibility of a blaze.
According to Dehra Dun police, the chopper fell close to a residential area. No casualties were reported on the ground, but pilot Navin Vid and engineer Navnil Kumar suffered injuries. Both were admitted to a private hospital and are said to be critical.
The weather was not to blame, sources said. The crash possibly happened because of a technical snag.
Official sources said the helicopter was to take the Gadkaris on a Chardham yatra. The family had hired three helicopters, of which two landed safely on the Sahastradhara helipad.
The BJP chief returned to New Delhi later on Sunday. The Telegraph