HELICOPTERS

  • Hundreds still awaiting airlift on stricken Italian ferry 11 hours 13 minutes ago

    Athen: Italian and Greek helicopter crews worked into the night to airlift passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea, battling darkness and bad weather that hampered rescue efforts by other ships throughout Sunday. Helicopters were plucking passengers off the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic and transferring them to a nearby...
  • Russia to assemble 400 choppers a year in India December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Russia on Thursday agreed in principle to assemble around 400 advanced twin engine Kamov helicopters a year in India, in a major move to give a new push to their strategic partnership. The Kamov Ka-226T, which Russia offered to assemble in India, is a light multi-role helicopter which is...
  • New steering system makes helicopters as easy to control as cars December 8, 2014

    Berlin: Researchers have developed a new steering system that makes helicopters as easy to control as cars, an advance that could make personal flying vehicles an integral part of the urban transportation network in future. Currently, only pilots who have undergone extensive training can fly a helicopter. In order to extend...
  • To boost ties, PM Modi presents advanced chopper to Nepal November 25, 2014

    Kathmandu: Showing India's commitment to strengthening ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday handed over to Nepal an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) which will be used for military operations. "This will add to Nepal's shield of protection," Modi said. The Dhruv Mark 3 is manufactured by state-owned aerospace and defence...
  • AgustaWestland chopper deal: ED summons ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi's cousin October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a new turn into the AgustaWestland VVIP Helicopter deal probe, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned Sanjeev Tyagi, cousin of former air chief SP Tyagi under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Sanjeev Tyagi has questioned the ED's move, pointing out that an Italian court...
  • Protesters heckle Hong Kong leader in flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day October 1, 2014

    Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protesters kept behind police barricades heckled Hong Kong's under-fire leader on Wednesday when he attended a flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day. The protesters, upset that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refused to meet them, threatened to expand their demonstrations unless he resigns and the Chinese leadership agrees to...
  • Man arrested for refusing to move for helicopter landing; the helicopter was carrying an accident victim September 28, 2014

    Daytona Beach, Fla.: A Florida man was arrested after deputies say he refused to move his car so a helicopter could land and transport a victim to the hospital after a serious car accident. Authorities in central Florida's Volusia County say 26-year-old Tessa George lost control over her vehicle Thursday and...
  • J&K floods: Indian carriers airlifted over 35,000 people September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian carriers, including Air India, have so far airlifted over 35,000 stranded passengers and flown 114 tonnes of relief materials to the floodravaged Jammu and Kashmir. While Air India permanently stationed two aircraft to fly out stranded people and patients free of cost from Srinagar and Leh, private airlines...
  • Helicopter crashes in Denmark, killing at least 3 September 6, 2014

    Copenhagen: Danish police say that at least three people were killed and fourth person is missing after a small private helicopter crashed into the sea in central Denmark. In a statement on Saturday, police said that four people were inside the USbuilt Robinson 44 helicopter when it crashed off the...
  • India nears $2.5 billion deal for Boeing military helicopters August 31, 2014

    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 nationalistled 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 August 29, 2014

    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 29, 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 topend...
  • 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 Mi8 helicopter, which included 11 forest firefighters among its passengers, crashed near the village of Chekunda in...
  • Queen Elizabeth II buys 8million pound helicopter for Prince William June 21, 2014

    London: Queen Elizabeth II has decided to treat her grandson Prince William to a 8million 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. Highlyplaced 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: ProRussian 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 twoengine 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 wartorn 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 daylong 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 coordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the...