All were terrified, says eye witness
Lulu chairman M A Yusuff Ali had a miraculous escape after his helicopter belly landed in a swamp at Panangad in Kochi. The first person to witness and reach the accident spot was Rajesh and his wife. When the helicopter landed in the swampy area with a loud bang, Rajesh did not know that Lulu group chairman Yusuff Ali was inside the aircraft. Later he realized that it was a familiar face that he has seen only in television.
Words of Rajesh
Myself and my wife noticed the aircraft as it was flying very low. Its belly-landed on the marshy terrain with an ear splitting noise. After the propeller of the helicopter stopped, I and my wife rushed towards it. I saw the pilot alighting from the helicopter. The rest of the passengers looked terrified and were sitting inside. Though they were asked to come out, they refused. Later myself, along with another person, slowly shifted them. My wife brought a chair. Yusuff Ali first declined to come out saying he was having back pain. Later he came out of the aircraft and sat in the chair. The others in the helicopter also brought Yusuff Ali’s wife out. As my wife is a police constable, she called the station and a police vehicle arrived soon. All were petrified. All the passengers, except Yusuff Ali and wife, were wearing PPE kits. At the time of the mishap, there was rain and strong wind, Rajesh said.
According to local reports, the chopper suddenly fell with a deafening sound. The pilot got out first and opened the door for the other passengers. All are undergoing treatment at Lakeshore hospital and are stable.