Helicopter

  • India nears $2.5 billion deal for Boeing military helicopters 2 days ago

    New Delhi: India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, a defence ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington. The new nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand plans to vastly strengthen...
  • Defence Ministry scraps Rs 6,000 crore deal to buy 197 Light Utility Helicopters 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Friday scrapped a Rs 6,000 crore deal to procure 197 Light Utility Helicopters. The deal got stuck after AgustaWestland, which was one of the participants, came under investigation in the VVIP chopper deal. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council...
  • Iraqi helicopter crashes with 25 Yazidis and 2 journalists on board August 13, 2014

    An Iraqi helicopter crashed after airdropping food and water in the Sinjar mountains with close to 25 Yazidi evacuees and 2 journalists on board. This even as US prepares to send more military advisers to Iraq. ...
  • Finmeccanica settles with Italy prosecutors to end VVIP chopper deal probe July 30, 2014

    Milan: AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccanica says it has reached a agreement with Italian prosecutors to settle legal proceedings over the the VVIP chopper deal in India, adding this did not equal an acknowledgment of any wrongdoing. India had cancelled the Rs 3,700 crore order with Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland for 12 top-end...
  • IAF chopper crashes in Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, all 7 on board killed July 25, 2014

    Sitapur: An Air Force helicopter has crashed in Ataria in Sitapur with IAF confirming the death of all 7 people on board. The crashed helicopter was an indigenously developed Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. It was on its way from Bareilly to Allahabad. Before crashing into an agricultural field, the chopper...
  • CBI questions Andhra Governor ESL Narasimhan in AgustaWestland case July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the AgustaWestland helicopter bribery case. Narasimhan was Intelligence Bureau Director when the deal was struck. CBI officials recorded his statement about the deal to by 12 helicopters from AgustaWestland. In March 2005 Narasimhan as...
  • AgustaWestland: Pleased to give statement to CBI, says Wanchoo July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Goa Governor BV Wanchoo has said he was "pleased" to have given CBI his statement on Friday in connection with the alleged bribery scandal in the VVIP helicopter deal and hoped that the agency would now bring the truth out in the case at the earliest. A statement issued...
  • Fourteen survive copter crash in Russia: Officials June 30, 2014

    Moscow: All 14 passengers survived a close brush with death on Monday when their helicopter crashed in the far east of Russia, a rare happy ending for a country prone to aviation disasters. The Mi-8 helicopter, which included 11 forest firefighters among its passengers, crashed near the village of Chekunda in...
  • Queen Elizabeth II buys 8-million pound helicopter for Prince William June 21, 2014

    London: Queen Elizabeth II has decided to treat her grandson Prince William to a 8-million pound helicopter as an early birthday present. The 2008 Augusta A109S Grand will be used to ferry William and wife Kate between official royal engagements. The Duke of Cambridge and second in line to Britain's...
  • VVIP chopper scam: CBI to send teams to record statements of Goa, WB Governors June 5, 2014

    CBI will soon send teams to examine West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and his Goa counterpart B V Wanchoo as "witnesses" in connection with its probe in the VVIP helicopter purchase deal. Highly-placed CBI sources said the agency has informed the Law Ministry that there was no bar on examining...
  • Russia would do nothing detrimental to India June 4, 2014

    Ruling out any change in its policy, Russia on Wednesday said it is in talks with Pakistan for supply of Mi 35 defence helicopters but said it would do nothing "detrimental" to the strategic relationship with India. Moscow's Ambassador in New Delhi Alexander M Kadakin said that Russia had never...
  • 16 feared dead after helicopter crashes in Russia June 1, 2014

    Moscow: A helicopter carrying 18 people crashed into a lake in northwestern Russia and only two of them were believed to have survived, officials said on Sunday. The two passengers, who floated to the surface still strapped into their seats, were rescued by fishermen and hospitalized for treatment of broken...
  • Ukraine separatists down army helicopter, 14 killed May 29, 2014

    Donetsk: Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter on Thursday, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush rebellions in the east swiftly following the election of a new president. After weeks of accusations from Kiev of Russian involvement in the uprising,...
  • Now, chartered helicopter services from Kolkata's Behala to six destinations in West Bengal at Rs 2 lakh per hour May 21, 2014

    Kolkata: The West Bengal government today introduced chartered helicopter services from the Behala flying club in Kolkata to six destinations in the state. Announcing this, the state transport minister Madan Mitra said anyone can now hire the two-engine Pawan Hans chopper for travel to Haldia, Gangasagar, Malda, Bolpur, Balurgaht and...
  • AgustaWestland case: CBI rejects allegation of non-cooperation April 8, 2014

    Rejecting allegations of "non-cooperation", CBI has said that all documents related to AgustaWestland helicopter bribery scandal have been provided to prosecutors in Italy who are contesting the case there. The agency refuted media reports which alleged that documents have not been provided to prosecutors in Italy which was hampering India's case...
  • Two dead in news helicopter crash near Seattle Space Needle March 19, 2014

    A news helicopter crashed and burst into flames in downtown Seattle near the Space Needle on Tuesday, killing a pilot and a photographer on board and setting three cars on fire in the popular tourist area, officials said. The chopper appeared to have fallen to the street as it attempted to...
  • Helicopter crashes in downtown Seattle, at least two dead March 18, 2014

    Seattle: At least two people were killed when a news helicopter crashed in downtown Seattle on Tuesday, setting cars on fire in a popular tourist area near the Space Needle, authorities and local media reported. Two people were found dead when emergency responders arrived at the scene, the Seattle Fire Department...
  • Political parties hire private helicopters in advance for poll campaigning March 5, 2014

    Politicians in Bihar on Wednesday began their campaign to woo voters for the April-May Lok Sabha election by taking a helicopter ride to various public meetings in the state. Senior Janata Dal (United) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar left Patna on Wednesday in a private helicopter for Bagaha in...
  • Sikkim launches chopper service to Kanchenjunga March 2, 2014

    New Delhi: A 15-minute helicopter service to witness breathtaking views of India's highest peak Kanchenjunga has been launched by the Sikkim government. The service, available from state capital Gangtok, will provide magnificent views of pristine peak, which assumes different colours during different hours of the day. The helicopter service to Kanchenjunga,...
  • India to provide helicopters to Afghanistan soon: Salman Khurshid February 15, 2014

    India will provide helicopters to Afghanistan "very soon" and refurbish the war-torn country's transport aircraft, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Saturday. "We are giving them helicopters and we will be supplying them very soon," Khurshid told reporters who accompanied him on a day-long visit to the Afghan city of...
  • London: Prince Harry quits as helicopter pilot, take up army desk job January 17, 2014

    Prince Harry will quit his role as an ace Apache helicopter pilot to take up a desk job in the British Army, it was announced on Friday. "The Prince will take the position of SO3 (Defence Engagement). His responsibilities will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the...
  • Rescued Antarctic passengers resume journey home January 4, 2014

    An Australian icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic resumed its journey home on Saturday after it was halted for a second potential rescue operation. The Aurora Australis had been slowly cracking through thick ice toward open water after a Chinese ship's helicopter on...
  • All passengers rescued from ship stuck in Antarctic ice January 3, 2014

    A rescue effort to remove 52 passengers on board a research ship that had been trapped in Antarctica ice for nine days was successful, and they were evacuated safely by helicopter, the expedition leader said on Thursday. A helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon ferried the passengers in small groups...
  • WB: Transport department to start helicopter service December 27, 2013

    West Bengal transport department is all set to start helicopter services from Kolkata to Gangasagar and other parts of the state, transport minister Madan Mitra said on Friday. "We are starting helicopter services to Gangasagar, Durgapur, Shantiniketan and Malda and Balurghat. This initiative has been taken for quick transport links to...
  • First human-powered helicopter wins $ 250,000 December 18, 2013

    A Canadian team has developed the first-ever helicopter powered only by a human that can reach three meters in altitude and hover for at least 60 seconds in the air. The team led by Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, developed the human-powered helicopter with a 64-second flight in an indoor athletic...
  • 32 people taken to hospitals after Glasgow chopper crash: Police November 30, 2013

    London: Scottish police say 32 people have been taken to hospitals across Glasgow after a police helicopter crashed into a crowded pub overnight. Rescuers have been working through the night to rescue an unknown number of people trapped inside The Clutha pub in the center of Glasgow. Officials said Saturday they are...
  • Police: 1 dead, toll expected to rise in Glasgow November 30, 2013

    London: Scottish police say at least one person has died from the crash of a police helicopter onto a crowded Glasgow pub. Chief constable Stephen House says the number of fatalities is expected to rise. He told reporters on Saturday that 32 people were taken to hospitals after the crash on the...
  • Cyclone Lehar: Andhra seeks choppers, extra NDRF teams November 26, 2013

    Andhra Pradesh on Monday sought four helicopters and 15 additional NDRF teams from the central government besides alerting the army and the navy as it faces a second cyclone threat in less than a week. With the cyclone Lehar threatening to hit the Andhra coast on Thursday, the state government swung...
  • Navy commissions first advanced light helicopter squadron November 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The first ALH (Dhruv) Squadron was commissioned at Kochi today by Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command. Dhruv is the first indigenously designed and manufactured helicopter at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and with its multi role capabilities has proven her mettle in all...
  • China's first helicopter to fight fire to be ready next year November 8, 2013

    Beijing: China's first helicopter to fight fire will be deployed by the middle of next year at its biggest city, Shanghai. The Russian-made Ka-32 helicopter, currently undergoing final stages of assembly, will be delivered to the metropolis by January next year, said Shanghai fire department chief Zhao Zixin. Shanghai will set...