Six Air Force officers and a civilian were killed after an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper crashed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam on Wednesday morning, a senior police officer
Senior defence officials said the aircraft, an Mil Mi-17V5 chopper, crashed after developing a technical snag.
One of the deceased persons has been identified as Kifayat Hussain Ganaie, a local resident, while the identity of the six IAF personnel is still being ascertained, they said.
Visuals showed the wrecked fuselage of the IAF chopper in flames and a large number of villagers standing around it.
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This ‘crash’ took place in a heated up and situation when Pakistan Air Force intruded in Indian Air space on Wednesday morning, which resulted in the loss of one of AIF MiG 21 aircraft, along with one soldier of IAF namely Wing Commander Abhinandan being apprehended by Pakistan Military.
The helicopter, a Russian made Mi-17, crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am.
The Mi-17 chopper broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said.