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Pilots should refuse to fly in bad weather: Omar

Press Trust Of India
May 01, 2011 at 05:37pm IST

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Srinagar: As the search continues for the missing helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Omar Abdullah has said pilots should not succumb to pressure from politicians to fly in bad weather.

"No, the pilot should refuse. Better to lose one's job than one's life. I hope in this case they are safe. General observation," Omar commented last night in microblogging site Twitter.

The chief minister was replying to a comment that there have been cases where pilots have complained of being pressurised by politicians to fly in bad weather.

Pilots should refuse to fly in bad weather: Omar

The Pawan Hans helicopter carrying Khandu went missing on Saturday shortly after taking off from Tawang.

"Lots of debate about single and twin engine choppers but if you insist on flying in bad weather, the number of engines makes no difference," Omar wrote in another tweet.

The Pawan Hans helicopter carrying Khandu and four others went missing on Saturday shortly after taking off from Tawang, 200 km from Arunachal Pradesh's capital Itanagar.

In an another related tweet, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said that he would not get a "millisecond" more than what "Allah has kept" for him.

"Oh I know I won't get a millisecond more than Allah has kept for me so I don't dwell on things like this and assassination attempts," Omar said on the micro-blogging site.

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