A private helicopter with six persons on board, including Sr Sri Ravi Shankar, founder, Art of Living Foundation, made an emergency landing on the Government Primary School premises in Ukkiniyam village, Kadambur Hills in Erode district on Wednesday.
Kadambur police said Mr. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, along with four of his followers, were on their way from Bengaluru to Tiruppur in the helicopter. While flying over the forests of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR), inclement weather prevailed and the pilot decided to make an emergency landing at 9.50 a.m. The chopper landed safely and all the five passengers and the pilot are safe.
Village residents gathered at the site in large numbers. The police said that after the weather turned favourable, the helicopter lifted off at 11 a.m. and resumed its journey.
It may be remembered that on January 8, 2022, a private helicopter carrying four persons on board made an emergency landing on a farm in Athiyur village in Kadambur Hills due to bad weather. The chopper from Karnataka to Kochi in Kerala, resumed its journey after two and half hours.