Thursday, October 06, 2022

Multiple military & civilian chopper crashes in past years highlight a disturbing trend for India

New Delhi: A Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army Aviation crashed in a forward area near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh Wednesday. The army said that the helicopter was undertaking a routine sortie when it crashed.

The cause of the latest crash is unknown. However, both pilots were taken to the nearest military hospital, said the army. Reports later confirmed that Lt Col Saurabh Yadav, one of the pilots on board, who was critically injured, had passed away.

This is not the first time a military helicopter has crashed in recent times though. Over the past few years, several chopper crashes have jolted the Indian military. In the non-military sphere, helicopter service operator Pawan Hans has also encountered many crashes recently.

Another Cheetah, a multi-role, multi-purpose, and highly-maneuverable helicopter, manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), crashed in Gurez, Jammu & Kashmir in March 2022.

The chopper was undertaking a rescue sortie of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel near the Line of Control in Gurez when it crashed. Major Sankalp Yadav, co-pilot of the chopper from the Indian Army Aviation, was rescuing a sick jawan deployed in a forward area.

After the crash, Major Yadav was rushed to the 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar, where he succumbed to his injuries. The other pilot was taken to the Command Hospital in Udhampur.

06/10/22 Suchet Vir Singh/Print

To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment