Indian army helicopter crashes in Occupied Kashmir

By: News Desk      Published: 01:06 PM, 3 Aug, 2021
Indian army helicopter crashes in Occupied Kashmir
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A helicopter of the Indian army crashed near Ranjit Sagar Dam lake in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

Rescue teams have been deployed to carry out search and rescue operations with some reports saying both the pilots have survived the crash.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties, PTI quoted Superintendent of Police of Pathankot in Punjab Surendra Lamba as saying. The dam is located about 30 km from Pathankot in Indian Punjab.

The helicopter of the 254 Army Aviation Squadron took off from Mamun Cantt at 10:20 am (Indian time). The helicopter was carrying out low-level sorties in the Ranjit Sagar Dam area when it crashed. "Rescue teams have been rushed to the spot. Divers have also been called in. There is no information about the number of people who were on board this chopper," said RC Kotwal, SSP, Kathua district.

"Both the pilots from the Army Aviation ALH Dhruv helicopter, which crashed in Ranjit Sagar Dam, are safe,” officials said later.

The Weapon System Integrated helicopter had taken off from Pathankot (Punjab) and met with the accident during a routine sortie," Indian army sources told ANI.

In January, a pilot was killed after an advanced light helicopter (ALH) Dhruv of the Indian army made a crash-landing in Kathua district.