Helicopter carrying UAE-based businessman Yusuf Ali crash-lands in Kochi

A private helicopter belonging to Lulu Group crash-landed on a marshy land at Panangad on Sunday morning. Businessman and chairman of the Lulu Group M. A. Yousuf Ali, who was aboard, escaped unhurt.   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

A private helicopter carrying UAE-based businessman Yusuf Ali M. A., his wife and three others crash-landed in a vacant plot in Kochi on Sunday morning. No injuries have been reported. All occupants have been placed under observation at a private hospital nearby.

The incident occurred at around 9 a.m. amidst mild rainfall. The helicopter landed on the marshy plot of land, off the NH Bypass at Panangad, reportedly following technical snag. The pilot and others walked through hip-deep water, helped by people of the locality, and were taken to the hospital.


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Mr. Ali, who is the chairman of LuLu Group, and others had boarded the helicopter that bore the logo of his group from his house in Kochu Kadavanthra to call on a relative who was admitted in a nearby hospital. It was slated to land on the ground of Fisheries College, Panangad but landed on the marshy plot around 200 m away.

Sources in Panangad Police Station, located at a stone’s throw away from the spot, said it was a safe landing, although the busy NH Bypass, power lines and a transit mixer were located nearby. The pilot managed to land the helicopter within the compound wall of the plot.

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