AN Indian Army helicopter crashed in the Kathua district of Lakhanpur, near the Jammu and Kashmir-Punjab border, on Monday night. According to the details available, two pilots were on board the chopper.
Both pilots raced to the hospital. Although one is said to be vital, another has succumbed to his injuries.
The helicopter involved in the crash is HAL Dhruv, and the cause behind the accident is suspected to be a technical snag.
The chopper, who had come from Pathankot, was forced to land in an Army area in the district belt of Lakhanpur, Kathua Shailendra Mishra, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), told PTI.
Wo helicopter pilots were wounded in the crash, he added, adding that they had rushed to a military base hospital.
“Tragic news coming in. We have one pilot fatal casualty,” said the military spokesperson.
Earlier this month, Bison’s MiG 21 aircraft crashed in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh while landing. The pilot of the aircraft survived the collision and the property was not harmed.
The MiG-21 Bison fighter plane crashed at the Sri Ganganagar Rajasthan district airbase of Suratgarh while it was on a routine practise 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 account of the Indian Air Force tweeted.