A private helicopter carrying two Ministers and one Deputy Minister made an emergency landing at Katumanna area in Seetha Eliya, Nuwara Eliya this morning.
Minister of Plantation Industries Naveen Dissanayake, Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa and Deputy Minister Indika Bandaranayake were on board the helicopter that was traveling from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya.
The ministers were expected to participate in a ceremony organized at Cinecita Auditorium in Nuwara Eliya.
The helicopter was supposed to land at Nuwara Eliya Racecourse, however, due to the dense fog condition, the pilot was compelled to fly the helicopter at a lower altitude.
After observing a high voltage power line in close proximity to the craft, the pilot made an emergency landing to a marshland at Katumanna area.
pics by Ranjith Rajapaksha