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Chief Minister Munda safe after chopper crash: Jharkhand BJP (Lead: Munda)

May 9, 2012 - Ranchi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Deepak Prakash on Wednesday informed that Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, who was injured after his helicopter crash-landed at the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi, is safe.

"This (unpleasant) incident has taken place because of the chopper accident. Fortunately, our honourable chief minister is safe. We will come to know the rest of things after the medical examination. The chief minister's wife was also in the chopper," said Prakash.

"I do not have the full details of the incident. I will be in a position to speak on the matter only after getting all the details," he added.

Prakash, who is the vice-president of the BJP's Jharkhand unit, also said that the state government would order an inquiry into the incident.

Munda was reportedly traveling along with five others when the chopper mishap took place. Those on board included two pilots and Munda's wife. They are being treated for minor injuries at Ranchi's Apollo Hospital and are reported to be stable.

According to the video footage, the crash landing did not cause a fire.

The area around the landing has reportedly been cordoned off. The flights to and from Ranchi are likely to be delayed because the runway has been blocked following the untoward incident.


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