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Navy chopper on routine sortie lost power, made emergency landing in Arabian sea

Indian Navy receives first Advanced MH-60R Romeo Multi-Role Maritime Surveillance Helicopters from the US Navy on July 17, 2021. (Indian Ministry of Defense/Released)

An indigenous Dhruv advanced light helicopters (ALH) of Indian Navy made an emergency landing in Arabian sea off Mumbai coast on Wednesday. Navy spokesperson said that the chopper was on a routine sortie off Mumbai when it ditched close to coast, prompting an immediate search and rescue operation.

All three crew members on board Dhruv helicopter have been rescued by naval patrol craft and an inquiry has been ordered to probe the incident, the spokesperson added.

“Indian Navy ALH on a routine sortie off Mumbai ditched close to the coast. Immediate Search and Rescue ensured safe recovery of crew of three by naval patrol craft. An inquiry to investigate the incident has been ordered,” the spokesperson said in a tweet.

“Ditching” refers to an emergency landing on water.

Indian Navy later informed that the Dhruv helicopter experienced a sudden loss of power and rapid loss of height during the routine sortie off Mumbai. The pilot carried out controlled ditching over water, with all three crew members exiting the helicopter safely. They were recovered as part of a swift rescue operation, reported ANI.

ALH Dhruv is a twin engine, multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in the 5.5 ton weight class and is “type — Certified” for Military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC).


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