Anxious moments gripped Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his entourage after fire was noticed just before take off in the silencer of a helicopter in which they were to fly to Mysuru on Saturday.Siddaramaiah, Home Minister KJ George and PWD Minister HC Mahadevappa and a senior official were asked to disembark from the helicopter owned by a private aviation firm as the fire was noticed at the HAL airport in Bengaluru, the Chief Minister’s office said.A harsh sound emanated from the silencer before the fire caused by a technical glitch was noticed, as the pilots were readying for take-off, it said in a statement. The Chief Minister was going to his hometown to take part in several developmental programmes in Mysuru district after attending a Yoga campaign in Bengaluru.Siddaramaiah later left by road for Mysuru, the statement said.

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Fire noticed before take off in Karnataka CM’s helicopter