- "CG 855, an ALH Mk III based in Kochi, took off from Cochin International Airport at 12:25 for checks in flight after control rods were put on the plane.
- With just a few controls, the pilot moved the plane away from the main runway so it wouldn't block the runway at the international airport.
On Sunday, a coast guard helicopter crashed near the airport in Cochin. Two people were hurt in the crash and had to go to the hospital to get care. In the helicopter, there were three people.
At a coast guard training session, the accident happened when the plane was taking off. Sources say that the helicopter left the runway. The event happened at 12:30.
When the plane was trying to take off for a training flight, the accident happened. It’s not clear what caused the accident. The airport’s runway has been closed for the time being.
“An Indian Coast Guard ALH Dhruv Mark 3 helicopter had to make an emergency landing today in Kochi. The pilots of the force were testing the helicopter at the time. When it had to make an emergency landing, the helicopter was about 25 feet in the air. ICG officials said, “The ICG is working on getting the ALH Dhruv fleet back up and running.”
Since March 8, when a Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Mumbai, the entire fleet of ALH Dhruv choppers has been grounded.
“CG 855, an ALH Mk III based in Kochi, took off from Cochin International Airport at 12:25 for checks in flight after control rods were put on the plane. Before the in-flight checks, the HAL and ICG teams did a lot of testing on the ground on March 26, 2023, which went well, officials said.
When CG 855 was 30–40 feet above the ground, right after takeoff, the cyclic controls, which control how the plane moves forward and backward, did not work. With just a few controls, the pilot moved the plane away from the main runway so it wouldn’t block the runway at the international airport. This was a very professional and smart move.
He then softened the landing as much as he could to save the lives of the three people on board. The plane took a left turn and crashed on the left side of the main runway. The whole crew is safe. The rotors and airframe of the plane have been hurt.
The Indian Coast Guard has asked for an investigation to find out what went wrong.