Lulu's Yusuff Ali back in UAE after helicopter emergency landing in India

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi Filed on April 12, 2021 | Last updated on April 13, 2021 at 02.35 am

Yusuff Ali landed in Abu Dhabi on a special aircraft and is resting at his home.

Indian business tycoon M.A. Yusuff Ali has returned to the UAE following a helicopter emergency landing in the south Indian state of Kerala.

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Yusuff Ali, chairman and managing director of UAE-based Lulu Group International, was in the private helicopter that belly-landed in a swamp at Panagad near the Kerala University of Fisheries and Oceanic Studies early Sunday morning.

He is taking rest at his home, an official spokesperson said.

“Yusuff Ali, wife, along with other family members (have) safely returned to Abu Dhabi,” V. Nandakumar, director, marketing and communications at Lulu Group International, said.

The businessman and others underwent medical check-ups at a private hospital after the emergency landing.

Nandakumar noted that Yusuff Ali and others were discharged from the hospital and reached Abu Dhabi from Kochi.

“They landed early morning in Abu Dhabi on a special aircraft. All is well. After a hectic schedule since yesterday, they are taking rest in their home.”

The businessman, who was honoured with the Abu Dhabi Awards on Wednesday, had gone to Kerala to meet with his uncle, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Nandakumar confirmed the Lulu boss is fully fit and healthy and there is no medical complication from the precautionary landing.

“He has no particular injury because of the landing. It was a precautionary landing made by experienced pilots because of the unfavourable weather conditions. He felt a bit of discomfort because of the shock of the landing, otherwise he was perfectly fine.”


Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.

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