Chilean President Makes Emergency Landing After Helicopter Runs Out of Fuel

1 Feb

President of Chile Sebastian Pinera made an unscheduled, emergency landing, by himself after his helicopter ran out of fuel. Pinera, who gained international attention during the rescue of the Chilean miners in 2010, landed his helicopter on a busy, public highway near Cobquecura. Once the helicopter landed, Pinera asked local people where he was and requested that a police helicopter bring him additional fuel.

Pinera has been a pilot for five years, and vows to continue flying until his license runs out. Members of the opposition condemned his actions as irresposible.

“It cannot be possible that Mr Pinera, even though he is president, can land wherever in the country, putting people’s safety at risk,” said Gabriel Asencio of the opposition Christian Democrats to the BBC.


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