One dead, three injured after private helicopter crashes in Mumbai suburb

Four people were injured when a helicopter crashed in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony on Sunday.
Police cordon of the area around the wreckage of the helicopter.(Arijit Sen/HT)
Police cordon of the area around the wreckage of the helicopter.(Arijit Sen/HT)
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 12:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByManish K Pathak, Mumbai/new Delhi

One person died and three others were injured when a helicopter crashed in Aarey Colony in Mumbai’s Goregaon on Sunday.

The accident occurred at the Filter Pada area of Aarey Colony, a green belt in suburban Goregaon.

The deceased was identified as Prafulla Mishra. Ritesh Modi, 35, Sanjiv Shankar, 24, and Vrinda, 34, were injured in the crash, doctors said. The injured were rushed to Mumbai’s SevenHills Hospital to be treated for burn injuries, police confirmed.

Three fire tenders were rushed to the crash site.

Preliminary information suggests that there were two crew members and two passengers in the privately-run helicopter and they took off from Juhu on a joyride.

People gather around the wreckage of the helicopter. (Arijit Sen/HT )
People gather around the wreckage of the helicopter. (Arijit Sen/HT )

Locals alerted police and fire brigade after they spotted smoke billowing from the crash site.

“We saw smoke in our area at around 11.45am and realised something untoward has happened,” an eyewitness said.

Apex aircraft investigation body, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), will probe the crash.

“The DGCA officials are already on the crash site to collect evidence for probe. Since, ab initio it’s an accident, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will be conducting a probe into it. We are sending a team of investigators to Mumbai tomorrow (Monday) to start the probe,” a senior AAIB official said.

(With agency inputs)

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