J&K: Army helicopter crashes in Udhampur district, pilot and co-pilot injured

Udhampur: Two pilots were injured when an Army helicopter crash-landed in a dense forested area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district on Tuesday, officials said. According to the police excessive fog in the area had reduced visibility in the area, which may have led to the accident. The pilots were evacuated, both pilot and co-pilot were injured.

“Today, during a training sortie in the Patnitop area, the Indian Army Cheetah Helicopter crash-landed in the Shiv Garh Dhar area in Udhampur district,” said the Army.

DIG Udhampur Suleman Chowdhry said that the police received information and dispatched teams towards the spot in Shiv Garh Dhar. He added that due to the presence of excess fog in the area, visibility was low.

The officer said the chopper either crashed or crash-landed on a hill. “Search parties have been rushed to the area, but it will take around one and a half hour to reach there by foot. Dense fog in the area is making it difficult for the searchers to pin point exact location,” he added.

As per Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Science and Technology and Minister of state ministry of earth science, two injured pilots are being shifted to Army Command Hospital Udhampur, “Disturbed to receive the news of Army Helicopter crash around #Patnitop region. Just now spoke to DC #Udhampur Ms Indu Chib.The two injured Pilots are being shifted to Army Command Hospital Udhampur. My office is in constant touch for any further help, if required.” he tweeted.

On August 3, another helicopter of the Indian Army crashed into the Ranjit Sagar Dam lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, prompting authorities to launch a massive search operation.

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