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May 09, 2012 at 01:55pm IST

Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda injured in helicopter crash at Ranchi airport

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda's helicopter crashed while making an emergency landing at Ranchi's Birsa Munda Airport on Wednesday. Munda, who was on-board along with five other people when the helicopter crashed, was injured and has been taken to Apollo Hospital.

Munda's wife Meera was also on-board the ill-fated helicopter. Jharkhand Director General of Police GS Rath said that Munda was not injured seriously and was safe. However, the co-pilot of the helicopter has been seriously injured.

Inspector General of Police (Ranchi Range) MS Bhatia said that all the occupants of the helicopter have suffered injuries and are being treated. Bhatia added that the helicopter tried to make an emergency landing following the technical problem, but it fell from height of about 30 feet and crash landed at 12:30 pm.

Apollo Hospital Medical Superintended Dr PG Sinha said that Munda was out of danger. "The Chief Minister has received multiple injuries. All six travelling in the helicopter has been brought to Apollo Hospital. All of them are safe and cooperating with the doctors," said Dr Sinha.

Munda was coming from Saraikela and the pilot, Captain VK Singh, detected the technical problem soon after the take-off. The pilot informed the Air Traffic Controller at the Birsa Munda Airport and tried to make an emergency landing, but the helicopter crashed.

The helicopter turned turtle but did not catch fire. The helicopter was Agusta AW 109 had been taken from Aryan Aviation. Emergency has been declared at the airport and all flight operations suspended.

A Directorate General of Civil Aviation team will investigate the cause of the crash.

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