A 52-year-old Odia Pilot was killed while three others were injured after a helicopter crashed and caught fire in the Filter Pada area of Aarey Colony, in Mumbai’s Goregaon.
The Odia Pilot was identified as Prafulla Mishra, a resident of Bhubaneswar. He had joined Aman Aviation Private Limited after retiring from armed forces.
Reportedly, the crash took place near Royal Palms in an area known as Filter Pada. Those injured were rushed to Seven Hills hospital. Of the four injured, pilot Prafulla Mishra was declared dead on arrival due to extensive burn and trauma injuries.
The helicopter was carrying four people – two crew members and two passengers. The crash is believed to have taken place at 11.30 am but the fire brigade received the call at 12.19 pm. At least five fire tenders were rushed to the spot and doused the fire.
The helicopter, which had taken off from Juhu airport for a joy ride, is badly damaged. It’s a Robinson R44 Astro, and has the registration number VT PHB. It’s operator is Aman Aviation.
The helicopter was made in 1992. It was originally with Pawan Hans, and was later sold to Aman aviation – which used it for joy rides after repairing it.
Officials said that the preliminary investigation reveals that while the helicopter was in the air, a fire was noticed and the helicopter was forced to crash land in an open ground in Aarey colony located in Mumbai’s Goregaon East suburb.