Technical fault grounds Modi’s helicopter during Sri Lanka visit

ECONOMYNEXT – A technical fault has grounded a helicopter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy, official sources said Saturday.

The aircraft remained at the Asgiriya grounds in Kandy after it failed to take off on Friday due to a mechanical defect, but the other helicopters left on schedule, the sources said.

They said Sri Lankan air force engineers had helped identify the fault with the grounded Mi-17 helicopter and even offered spare parts as the Sri Lankan air force too operates a version of that type of chopper.

Indians flew in a fleet of helicopters for Prime Minister’s travel from Colombo to Dikoya, Kandy and from there back to the Bandaranaike International airport to return home on Friday evening.

The weather remained favourable throughout Modi’s stay except for some light showers that did not impede the movement of aircraft.

Several houses in Hatton lost their roofs when the VVIP helicopters landed at two grounds in the area and at least one woman was injured. (COLOMBO, MAY 13, 2017)

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