On Sunday, the Indian Coast Guard’s Advanced Light chopper or ALH-DHRUV Mark 3 chopper was forced to land in Kochi, Kerala.
Three pilots were aboard the helicopter, and one of them suffered just minor wounds. The helicopter was taking a practise flight. The helicopter was being tested by the pilots when the forced landing occurred.
Cochin International Airport Limited
“While the pilots of the force were testing the helicopter, an incident of a forced landing of an ALH Dhruv Mark 3 helicopter of the Indian Coast Guard occurred today in Kochi. When a forced landing was necessary, the helicopter was around 25 feet in the air. According to a statement from ICG officials, the ICG is preparing to resume the ALH Dhruv fleet’s operations.
“CG 855, an ALH Mk III aircraft based in Kochi, took off from Cochin International Airport at approximately 1225 hours for in-flight inspections. The HAL and ICG Team conducted comprehensive and successful ground tests on Mar. 26, 2023, prior to the in-flight inspections, according to the Indian Coast Guard.
According to reports, the training flight’s helicopter crashed as it was about to take off from the helipad. Two of the three passengers were hurt during the event and were taken to the hospital for medical attention.
Indian Coast Guard
The specific reason for the collision is still unknown. The Nedumbassery airport’s runway has been temporarily closed, which has an impact on the airport’s flight operations. It should be mentioned that the ALH Dhruv Mark 3 helicopter of the Indian Coast Guard has been confirmed as the helicopter involved in the incident.
“Immediately after takeoff, when CG 855 was at a height of approximately 30 to 40 feet above the ground, the aircraft’s cyclic controls—which direct longitudinal and lateral movement—did not function.
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The pilot manoeuvred the aircraft away from the main runway using the barest of controls to prevent obstructing the runway at the international airport, displaying excellent professionalism and presence of mind, the coast guard noted.
Then, in order to rescue the three souls on board, he cushioned the landing as much as he could. The plane lost control and landed onto the main runway’s left side. The crew is secure. The rotors and airframe of the airplane have been harmed. To look into the accident’s cause, the Indian Coast Guard has launched an inquiry, according to the statement.
ALH Dhruv helicopters
hen a forced landing was necessary, the helicopter was around 25 feet in the air. The ALH Dhruv fleet’s operations will soon resume thanks to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG)’s efforts.
After a Navy helicopter had an accident off the coast of Mumbai on March 8, the fleet of ALH Dhruv helicopters has been grounded ever since.
An accident involving an Indian Navy ALH occurred on March 8 off the coast of Mumbai. A naval patrol craft, according to the navy, successfully saved three crew members. The incident was also the subject of an inquiry.
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