Jammu: A helicopter lands near the Patnitop area in Udhampur; the two injured pilots
Two pilots were killed on Tuesday when an army helicopter crashed in a dense forest near Patnitop in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district, officials said. "Today, during a training sortie in Patnitop area, Indian Army's Cheetah helicopter crash-landed in ShivGarh Dhar area in the district," a Jammu-based defence spokesman said.
He said two pilots, Major Rohit Kumar and Major Anuj Rajput, were injured in the incident and evacuated to the nearest medical center but later died. Army Commander, Northern Command, Lt. Gen. YK Joshi paid tribute to the fallen officers.
"Army Commander, Northern Command, and all other ranks salute the bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty on 21 September 2021 at Patnitop and offer deepest condolences to their families," the Army's Northern Command said in a tweet.
Officials said the incident occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. when the helicopter was picked up in bad weather, officials said, adding that the helicopter was owned by the Army Aviation Corps.
Patnitop is said to have been in thick fog at the time of the incident.
Local residents were the first to reach the site and the pilots were removed from the badly damaged helicopter, they added.
Police sent the military to the scene to join the rescue operation and evacuate injured pilots to a hospital, officials said.
Sources:- Business standard
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