Footage has surfaced of the Navy's Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) that made an emergency landing today off the Mumbai coast.
The 'Dhruv' helicopter deployed its emergency floating device which helped it to stay buoyant after making contact with water.
In the video, the chopper appears to be intact and efforts were made to salvage it. Three crew members in the helicopter were safely rescued.
The crew has put down the stricken helicopter admirably well. EFG inflated evenly. Rescue & salvage teams on the dot. The very first navy ALH ditching. Copybook.— Kaypius (@realkaypius) March 8, 2023
I think the navy has all the evidence they need to nail this one.
(Video & pics via WhatsApp) pic.twitter.com/Gq16coB3Fn
The incident took place when the helicopter, which was on a routine sortie off Mumbai, ditched close to the coast. Immediate Search and Rescue ensured the safe recovery of the crew by naval patrol craft.
Indian Navy ALH on a routine sortie off Mumbai ditched close to the coast.— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) March 8, 2023
Immediate Search and Rescue ensured safe recovery of crew of three by naval patrol craft.
An inquiry to investigate the incident has been ordered.
Officials said that the helicopter experienced a sudden loss of power during a sortie over the Arabian Sea, which resulted in a rapid loss of height.
An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.