Helicopter bounces and turns during landing in Kedarnath, probe ordered

After an uncontrolled landing in Kedarnath, a helicopter struck the helipad, bounced, and spun 270 degrees before coming to an unsteady stop.Aviation regulator DGCA has launched an investigation into the hard landing of a helicopter. PTI reported on May 31 that the helicopter of Thumby Aviation bounced and turned 270 degrees during landing at a Kedarnath helipad, following which DGCA advised the pilots to exercise caution whenever there is a tailwind during landing. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has started an investigation into this incident, its officials said. It is not known how many passengers were in the helicopter, but no injuries were reported. Officials said the helicopter made an “uncontrolled, very hard landing” on May 31 after making an unstable approach to the helipad.

 During touchdown, it struck the helipad hard, bounced, and after losing direction by about 270 degrees, once again settled down hard on the surface. “Pilots are advised to exercise caution during approaches during tailwinds, especially at Shri Kedarnath Helipad,” the regulator said in an advisory after the incident. Pilots must take adequate precautions and if the tailwinds or crosswinds are beyond the permissible limits, the approach must be abandoned and the chopper must return to the base, the advisory mentioned.