A helicopter with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister Parameshwar on board made an emergency landing on Monday. A bird strike during take off forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at Bengaluru's HAL airport. The duo was on its way to Hassan on Monday morning when an eaglet hit the copter.
A release from the Chief Minister's office said that the bird hit the helicopter within seconds of take off and the alert pilot landed safely. The Chief Minister and Home Minister continued their travel to Hassan in the same helicopter after a team of technical experts found no glitches. The duo was on their way to Hassan to launch development works in Shravanabelagola ahead of Mahamastakabhisheka.
It may be recalled that a helicopter that Siddaramaiah was to board in January 2015 from the same airport developed technical snags. Fore broke out in a part of the helicopter which was noticed by the ground staff. The Chief Minister had cancelled his helicopter ride and travelled by road after the snag was noticed. The Chief Minister along with then home minister K J George were seated in the copter when the fire was noticed.