Sometimes really amusing events takes place in the state of Goa. The rumors spread over the social media clubbed with the images of the chopper on the road stating that the Naval Chopper had to do the emergency landing in the middle of the road in Vasco city due to the technical snags. The incident took place on a Wednesday night. There was no accident or any sort of casualty since the traffic was very scanty in the nighttime at Vasco and it became very easier for the Indian Naval people to tow away the monstermachine on the roads of Vasco. Read the complete report here.
Though the news spread stating that, it was the emergency landing of the chopper on the middle of the road due to some technical snag but later it come out to be a rumour as the Naval authorities who had towed the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) have claimed that it was not any sort of emergency landing but the technical snag detected at MPT Harbour and due to which the chopper needed to be towed to Dabolim.
According to the sources, the Naval Chopper was towed from the berth no. 1 of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) at Mormugao Harbour to INS Hansa Dabolim on Wednesday night after the chopper said to have developed the technical snag.
Based on the information revealed by the highly placed sources, the deputy naval provost Marshal (AOL) for Flag Officer Commanding Lt Commander Vikram Shrivastava have requested the Vasco traffic cell PI Sudesh Narvekar through a letter, seeking deployment of traffic personnel from gate no-1 of MPT Mormugao Harbour to INS Hansa Gate at Dabolim from 11 pm onwards till late night on November 9. The ALH had developed some technical snag onboard INS Jalashwa and therefore had to be towed away.
The ALH was towed with the help of a tractor wherever required from gate no-1 of MPT Mormugao Harbour to INS Hansa at Dabolim via Sada, Rumdawada, Desterro, railway over bridge at IOC, F L Gomes road, GSL, Vaddem, Chicalim junction, airport road and Dabolim airport junction in attendance of several Naval personnel including some officials. The towing operation covered nearly 10 kilometers on the road which surprised many Vascoites and perhaps caused the rumors about a helicopter landed on a city road.
Speaking to a Naval official he said, “The ALH developed some technical snag after it landed on INS Jalashwa off Mormugao Harbour, while it was on a routine trial”, The official disclosed that the ALH belongs to INS Hansa. Vasco traffic cell PI Narvekar said that “The deputy naval provost Marshal (AOL) for Flag Officer Commanding Lt Commander Shrivastava sought necessary traffic assistance from the Vasco traffic cell in view of a possible security cover for the movement of the ALH”.