Indian Government Minister Fractures Neck. Helicopter Safety Belt Not Properly Secured.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat fractured his neck when his helicopter encountered rough weather.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat fractured his neck when his helicopter encountered rough weather.

 

The Times of India reported that Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of the region of Uttarakhand, has fractured his neck during a helicopter journey because his seatbelt was not properly attached.

Mr Rawat was flying from Dehradun to New Delhi when his helicopter encountered rough weather. The Chief Minister – who had not tightly secured his seatbelt – hit his head against the ceiling of the aircraft. The 67 year old politician was flown to a medical centre where he was diagnosed with a cervical fracture.

My personal feedback is that I am very saddened to read of what would appear to have been a quite unnecessary injury. In the helicopters which we manage the pilot and crew are diligent in ensuring that passengers have correctly fitted their seatbelt. A few seconds spent correctly adjusting and securing the seatbelt can prevent injury in case of sudden turbulence or other unforeseen event. I wish Mr Rawat a swift recovery from his injuries.

Original article:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Uttarakhand-CM-Rawat-fractures-neck-after-choppy-helicopter-ride/articleshow/36576577.cms

 

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