Sunday, August 15, 2021

12 days after Dhruv helicopter crash, body of one pilot retrieved from Ranjit Sagar reservoir

Chandigarh: Twelve days after a Dhruv helicopter of the Army Aviation Corps that had crashed into the Ranjit Sagar reservoir, the body of Lt Col AS Baath, one of the pilots onboard the ill-fated helicopter, was recovered on Sunday evening.

“Mortal remains of Lt Col AS Baath retrieved from a depth of 75.9 metre at 1819 hours (6.19 pm) from the Ranjit Sagar lake. Efforts to retrieve the mortal remains of the second pilot continue,” a senior Army officer said.

The body of the pilot was moved to the Military Hospital, Pathankot, for post mortem and other necessary procedures.

The search operation, which continued till about 7 pm, will resume tomorrow morning.   

The Dhruv helicopter from an Army Aviation Corps squadron based at Pathankot had taken off on a routine sortie on August 3, when it crashed into the reservoir near Kathua in Jammu region. Only a part of the helicopter’s wreckage was recovered in the initial phase of the search.

15/08/21 Vijay Mohan/Tribune

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