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FAIL: Helicopter stops play

by | 24th, February 2009

A helicopter stopped play during a cricket game in India after the pilot mistook the pitch for a landing pad. Well it makes a change from bad light.

Players ran for cover when the pilot set his chopper down on the letter ‘H’ painted in the corner of the cricket ground.

But the ‘H’ doesn’t stand for ‘Helicopter landing pad’. Instead it stands for the name of the Himachal Pradesh team in Mumbai. Oops – they could have thought that one through a bit better, no?

A fire near the Himachal ground reportedly added to the confusion of the pilot, who misinterpreted it as smoke signals, according to the Hindustan Times.

“It [the helicopter] landed suddenly. No one knew what was happening,” the manager of Himachal’s opponents said after his side won the interrupted game. “There was chaos. Everyone ran for cover.”

It could have been worse – the chopper might have been carrying Sir Allen Stanford.


Posted: 24th, February 2009 | In: Sports Comment (1) | TrackBack | Permalink