In Mumbai, pilot killed as private chopper crashes at Aarey Colony

Updated: Dec 11, 2016, 17:54 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

A private helicopter on a joyride crashed and erupted into a fireball, killing the pilot and injuring three others, at an isolated spot in the Mumbai suburb Goregaon on Sunday

A helicopter has reportedly crashed in Aarey Colony near Royal Palms in Mumbai's Goregaon suburb killing its pilot and injuring three others on Sunday.

The helicopter, a private one, was on a joyride when it crashed and erupted into a fireball.

The helicopter, a Robinson R44 belonging to Aman Aviation Pvt Ltd, was on a sight-seeing flight over Mumbai when it suddenly crashed inside the forested Aarey Milk Colony and caught fire around 12.15 p.m., said the BMC Disaster Control.

According to witnesses, hundreds of people from nearby tribal hamlets inside the Aarey Milk Colony and some other settlements rushed to help the victims even as fire tenders rushed to the spot.

People and police personnel extricated the victims from the burning chopper and rushed them to the Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri East.

While pilot Prafulkumar Mishra was declared dead, a co-pilot and two passengers including a woman are reported to be in critical condition, a hospital official said.

Two fire engines had earlier been rushed to the spot. Mumbai police along with the brigade have conducted the rescue operations.

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