Sikkim considering MI-172 Helicopter in service after successful trial
Gangtok, November 12:
It took nearly 2 hours for M1 -172 helicopter to reached Burtuk Helipad Gangtok from Guwahati. The trial was successful and state government will soon sign MoU after that the chopper will ferry tourists from Guwahati, Patna, Bagdogra and Kolkota. The trial was organised by Tourism and Civil Aviation Department in technical coordination with Air One Aviation Pvt. Ltd.
The event was witnessed by Chief Minister PS Tamang along with Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, BS Panth, his cabinet colleagues, MLAs and officials. Later the Chief Minister interacted with the Pilot, Co – Pilot and crew members of the Helicopter.
Speaking to the media persons Chief Minister PS Tamang said tourists and local passengers will be greatly benefited once the double engine MI 172 Helicopter starts functioning in the state. Keeping in view the limited capacity of existing Pawan Hans Helicopter operating in the state and the increasing tourist inflow, the state government is considering introducing 26 seater MI 172 Helicopter service, said the.
Similarly BS Panth, Minister for Tourism said the government is considering introducing 26 seater Helicopter service in the state. Today we had successful demonstration and trial flights, very soon we will be taking a final call on starting MI172 Helicopter service, he shared.
The 26 seater MI-172 helicopter is a high capacity helicopter which will expand avenues for tourism & for rescue operations in times of emergency. It is a twin engine helicopter which will ensure a sense of security for local citizens to avail travel facilities with ease and safety.