The helicopter accident in Ranchi in which Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda suffered injuries on Wednesday is likely to have been caused by a radar malfunction, initial investigations show.
As per preliminary probe reports from the Jharkhand capital, the radar appeared to have malfunctioned. This had led to problems in the twin-engined helicopter in landing at Kuchai in Saraikela-Kharsawan district, about 100 kms from Ranchi.
Sources said after the Agusta AW 109 chopper failed to land at Kuchai, it went back to Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Airport but again failed to land.
This led the pilots to “force it down”, leading to the crash-landing at 12.30 p.m., they said, adding that the chopper turned turtle on hitting the ground causing injuries to Mr. Munda and others.
Aviation regulator DGCA has already begun to probe the helicopter accident with its Assistant Director (Air Safety) Sanit Kumar as the Investigating Officer, Director General of Civil Aviation E.K. Bharat Bhushan had earlier told PTI.
All aspects of the accident, including the reported technical snag, is being investigated by the DGCA probe panel, official sources said.