A helicopter ferrying Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to Aurangabad today was forced to land soon after taking off from Nashik apparently due to overloading.
The private chopper took off again successfully for its scheduled journey after offloading one of the passengers and some luggage, the police said.
Although police did not specify the reasons of the chopper making force-landing, an aviation expert said that deboarding of a passenger and some luggage could be linked to the maximum load carrying capacity of the helicopter.
An official said, "As the helicopter was unable to get the required altitude to fly, some luggage was also off- loaded."
On July 7, before take-off in a helicopter from Alibaug near Mumbai, Fadnavis narrowly missed being struck by the chopper's tail rotor when the pilot inexplicably started the engines before the chief minister had boarded.
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