Srinagar: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was on Wednesday forced to change his helicopter while he was on his way to Gurez from Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley following a problem in one of the two engines of the BSF chopper, 20 minutes after takeoff.

Official sources said the pilot reported that one of the two engines of MI-17 was not responding properly and hence it would not not be advisble to carry on with the flight to the border area of Gurez in North Kashmir.

The helicopter carrying the VIP, Chief of BSF and CRPF Raman Srivastava and K Vijaya Kumar  and other senior officials of the Home Ministry, landed safely at the Srinagar airport.

The Home Minister and his team flew to Gurez in another BSF chopper after 30 minutes.

"It was in no way a forced landing...just a precautionary measure," officials at the airport said.

(Agencies)