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Odia pilot killed in Mumbai helicopter crash

Odia Pilot was killed while three others were injured after a helicopter crashed and caught fire in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony on Sunday. The Odia Pilot was identified as Prafulla Mishra, a resident Bhubaneswar.Reportedly, the crash took place near Royal Palms in an area known as Fitler Pada. Those injured were rushed to Seven Hills hospital. Of the four injured, pilot Prafulla Mishra was declared dead on arrival due to extensive burn and trauma injuries.The helicopter was carrying four people – two crew members and two passengers. The crash is believed to have taken place at 11.30 am but the fire brigade received the call at 12.19 pm. Ritesh Modi and Bindra Modi were on a joy ride, taking an aerial tour of the city. Ritesh is in a critical condition and has sustained multiple head and chest injuries, while Bindra has sustained more than 35 burn injuries. Sanjay Shankar technician on-board of the chopper has suffered fracture and is stable, stated reports.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.The helicopter was made in 1992. It was originally with Pawan Hans, and was later sold to Aman aviation – which used it for joy rides after repairing it.

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