Pradeep Pattanayak

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik's helicopter was unable to make a landing in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

As per sources, after attending a meeting at Khariar, the Chief Minister was returning to Bhubaneswar in a helicopter. However it failed to land at Bhubaneswar airport due to bad weather conditions caused by Nor’wester activities. The chopper was diverted to Jharsuguda where it made a safe landing. 

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“A helicopter carrying the CM was coming from Utkela airstrip to Bhubaneswar. It couldn’t land here due to strong wind caused by Nor’wester activity. So they diverted to Jharsuguda. However, the weather situation in Bhubaneswar has improved and they have taken off from the Jharsuguda and may land here anytime soon,” said Prasanna Pradhan, director of Bhubaneswar airport.

Meanwhile, the regional centre of the India Meteorological Department in Bhubaneswar said in an X post that the wind was blowing at a speed of 80 kmph in the Bhubaneswar airport area in Bhubaneswar between 3.31 pm and 3.34 pm.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister returned from Jharsuguda in a special flight which landed safely at Bhubaneswar airport.

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