An Indian Army HAL Cheetah helicopter crashes in Shiv Garh Dhar of Udhampur district, Jammu and Kashmir. Both pilots died in the crash. The helicopter was destroyed.
“Today, during a training sortie in Patnitop area, Indian Army’s Cheetah helicopter crash-landed in Shiv Garh Dhar area in the district,” a Jammu-based defence spokesman said.
The incident reportedly occurred between 10:30 am and 10:45 am, officials said, adding the chopper belonged to the Army Aviation Corps.
Both the pilots were major rank officers, a senior army officer. “We shifted them to hospital but unfortunately both lost their lives,” the official continued.
Major Rohit Kumar & Major Anuj Rajput died in the line of duty.
Videos were circulating on social media showing the crashed helicopter and locals trying to help the people inside.