Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had a narrow escape on Tuesday when his Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter got trapped in rough weather and had to make an emergency landing near Itanagar, media reports said. The SP of Itanagar and other senior officials were rushed to the spot within half an hour of the chopper landing.
The Mi-17 helicopter with Rijiju and seven other passengers and crew members on board was flying from Guwahati to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh when it faced heavy rains and fog this afternoon. A report said the rescue operation was quite difficult and heavy rain, fog, and forested area made the landing a challenging task.
The pilots of the chopper, belonging to the Border Security Force (BSF), managed to manoeuvre for around 10 minutes before landing on a small field in Itanagar under emergency situation.
‘I was lucky enough to be landed safely, thanks to the BSF pilots who are very experienced,’ Mr Rijiju told mediapersons.