Helicopter carrying ministers Sajith Premadasa, Navin Dissanayake makes emergency landing

Helicopter carrying ministers Sajith Premadasa, Navin Dissanayake makes emergency landing

Helicopter carrying ministers Sajith Premadasa, Navin Dissanayake makes emergency landing

Written by Tharushan Fernando

25 Aug, 2016 | 8:38 pm

A helicopter carrying ministers Sajith Premadasa and Navin Dissanayake made an emergency landing in a field in Nuwara Eliya due to heavy misty conditions on Thursday.

The pilot was able to safely land the aircraft.

Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa and Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake had boarded a helicopter belonging to a private institution on Thursday morning to attend an event under the ‘Visiri Sewana Housing Loans’ programme at the Nuwara Eliya New Town Hall.

Upon nearing Nuwara Eliya, the helicopter had reduced speed due to heavy mist in the area. This caused the pilot of the helicopter to make an emergency landing at a field in the Katumana area in Nuwara Eliya.

The two ministers who faced the unexpected experience conversed with the locals in the area for nearly half an hour after which they attended the “Visiri Sewana Housing Loans’ programme at the Nuwara Eliya New Town Hall.

Concessionary housing loans were distributed at the event among 825 families in the Nuwara Eliya District under the auspices of Minister Sajith Premadasa.

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