J&K: Two major died in Army helicopter crash in Udhampur district

Udhampur: Two pilots, Major Rohit Kumar and Major Anuj Rajput died in the helicopter crash in Udhampur district of J&K today. Pilot and a co-pilot who were rushed to the hospital earlier today were declared dead.

Army tweeted condolences,” #LtGenYKJoshi, #ArmyCdrNC and all ranks #salute the bravehearts Major Rohit Kumar & Major Anuj Rajput who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty on 21 Sept 2021 at #Patnitop and offer deepest condolences to their families.”

An Army helicopter crash-landed in a dense forested area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district earlier 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.

Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Science and Technology and Minister of state ministry of earth science, shared his condolences, “Saddened to receive the news of death of both the Pilots who were injured this morning in the Army Helicopter crash in #Patnitop region of #JammuAndKashmir. Despite prompt and best possible aid, they could not be saved. My deep condolences to the bereaved families.” he tweeted.

Earlier Dr Jindera Singh had said that the two injured army pilots were rushed to the hospital.

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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