BANGALORE: It took only a few moments for two pilots to crash-land a helicopter on top of an apartment building, but it took many hours to bring the 500 kg chopper down safely from the building. More than 24 hours after the Schweizer 300C training helicopter of the Rotary Wing Academy (RWA) crash-landed on the roof of Maitri Opulence Apartments in GM Palya, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA-Hyderabad) sleuths inspected the spot and the chopper was brought down by 7 pm.
Meanwhile, the pilot of the chopper has claimed that ‘it was the best place to land given the situation in hand.’
Air Commodore (Retd) Roj Assey told reporters that the ‘engines had completely failed’ and the terrace was the best place to land. Adding to this, Vishnu Singh Rawat, Chief Flying Instructor at the RWA said that the ‘pilot did a great job’.
Residents of the apartment, however, had mixed reactions to the entire incident. They said that the secretary of the apartment would write to the HAL seeking a compensation for the damage.