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Chopper carrying Karnataka CM makes emergency landing at Bengaluru airport after bird hit  

Siddaramaiah, home minister G Parameshwara and two other passengers were also on board.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2017 13:45 IST
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Siddaramaiah was travelling from Bengaluru when the chopper suffered a bird hit. (PTI File Photo)

A helicopter carrying Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah suffered a bird hit and made an emergency landing at the HAL Airport in Bengaluru on Monday shortly after take-off, a police official said.

Siddaramaiah and four others, including home minister G Parameshwara who were also on board, were safe, assistant commissioner of police P Nagesha Kumar told PTI.

The chopper did not suffer any damage in the bird hit, he said.

He said the chief minister and others left for Shravanabelogala in Hassan district as scheduled by the same helicopter a few minutes later after clearance, adding, they landed at the destination.

Siddaramaiah was on an official visit to Shravanabelogala to launch developmental schemes for “Mahamasthakabhisheka”, a once in a 12-year event at the Jain pilgrimage centre scheduled for February next year.

Mahamasthakabhisheka is the anointment of the 57-foot high monolithic statue of Jain deity Lord Gommateshwara, also known as Bahubali, located on Vindyagiri at Shravanabelogala.

First Published: Apr 24, 2017 13:44 IST