In a major security lapse, Adityanath's chopper which was supposed to land on a makeshift helipad at a school landed on a field instead.
The Chief Minister was, however, safe and proceeded for the scheduled programmes, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said in Lucknow. The CM had come to the district to distribute compensation cheques to families of 10 victims who were killed in the Sunday evening thunderstorm and in two dacoities last week.
According to reports available, the chopper was scheduled to land on the grounds of the Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya, but because of some problems, it was forced to land on a field a kilometer away.
District officials told The Hindu that the pilot refused to land on the helipad, claiming that the trees around the site posed a threat.
"Yes, the chief minister is safe", Kumar told PTI.
Adityanath reached Sahawar in Kasganj at around 11:20 am and met the family whose three members were crushed to death in Pharauli village during the thunderstorm.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is also in-charge of PWD, has ordered suspension of three engineers including Executive Engineer for their failure to construct helipad at proper place.