Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s helicopter developed a technical snag and was forced to make an emergency landing within minutes of its take-off at Kishtwar , 230 Kms from here, on Thursday.

Mr Abdullah’s confidante and National Conference’s Jammu Province chief Devender Singh Rana and Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, were also on board the 8-seater State helicopter when it returned to its base and landed safely at 4.00 p.m. The helicopter was ferrying the Chief Minister and his entourage to Srinagar after Mr Abdullah addressed a gathering at the Industrial Training Institute grounds at Kishtwar.

Earlier, Mr Abdullah laid the foundation stone of a building of the Kishtwar campus of a Jammu-based university at the district headquarters.

Mr Kichloo and Mr Rana told The Hindu by telephone that their helicopter returned and landed safety as it developed some technical stag soon after it took off at Kishtwar. They said that they were now traveling to Srinagar by car with the Chief Minister who was holding a series of rallies, mostly in the hilly terrain of Doda, Kishtwar, Reasi, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu division towards the closure of Darbar Move offices in the winter capital.