Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Mahant Balaknath had a close shave on Sunday when the helicopter he was flying in lost control for a while and was seen swaying in the air minutes before it was supposed to land in Alwar district of Rajasthan.
The incident occurred at Ladpur village in Kotkasim area where the MP was supposed to attend an annual religious function organised to commemorate the 19th death anniversary of Baba Somnath Maharaj. When his chopper arrived from Delhi and was landing at a temporary helipad in Ladpur around 10.30 am, it lost control and started rotating in the air.
The pilot, however, managed to control the helicopter after it rotated four-five times in the air avoiding a major accident as the huge crowd was present to welcome the Member of Parliament.
According to officials, the helicopter lost its balance as the air pressure was strong.
The pilot later tried to bring down the chopper carrying Balaknath, who won the Alwar Lok Sabha seat defeating Congress' Jitendra Singh by a huge margin in the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections, at a helipad in village Khushkheda but was not granted permission.
Following which the MP returned to Delhi, Kotkasim police station in-charge Rajkumar said. He later came to Kotkasim from Delhi by road to attend the religious programme, an aide of the parliamentarian said.