Indian Army HAL Dhruv Helicopter Crashes In J&K’s Kathua District, Pilot Dead, Another Injured

Indian Army HAL Dhruv Helicopter Crashes In J&K's Kathua District, Pilot Dead, Another Injured
A Dhruv of the Indian Army – Credits: Noel Reynolds – HAL Dhruv (Indian Army)

An Indian Army HAL Dhruv helicopter crashed near Lakhanpur, Kathua district, Jammu and Kashmir. The pilots were critically injured and one pilot later died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

The co-pilot, who has been put on ventilator, is critical.

The chopper, which was coming from Pathankot, was forced to make a crash-landing in an Army area in the Lakhanpur belt of the district, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kathua Shailendra Mishra told news agency PTI.

The incident occurred around 7.15 pm. The reason behind the crash is believed to be a technical snag.

In October 2019 a Dhruv helicopter of the Indian Army carrying the then chief of the force’s Northern Command Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh and other officers had made an emergency landing following a technical glitch in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch.

The army’s Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and six other officers on board was on a sortie from Udhampur to Poonch when it developed a technical snag.

Earlier this month, a MiG 21 Bison aircraft had crashed in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh while landing. The pilot of the aircraft had survived the crash and there was no damage to property.

The MiG-21 Bison fighter plane crashed at Suratgarh airbase of Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan when it was on a regular practice flight.

“During a training sortie in the western sector, a MiG-21 Bison aircraft experienced a major technical malfunction this evening. The pilot ejected safely at about 8.15 pm. There is no loss of life,” the official Twitter handle of Indian Air Force had tweeted.

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