According to the information, an Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Army had left on a regular flight on Friday (October 21) with five army personnel including two pilots. It had crashed near Miging village, about 25 km from Tuting town, at around 10.43 am.
what did the army say
Defense spokesperson Lt Col A. s. Walia said that on Friday (October 21) the bodies of four other army personnel were recovered from the accident site in a densely forested mountainous area, about 35 km from the LAC bordering China.
He said that the deceased army personnel have been identified as Pilot Major Vikas Bhambhu and Major Mustafa Bohra, CFN Tech AVN (AIN) Ashwin K. V., Havildar (OPR) Biresh Sinha and NK (PPR) Rohitashva Kumar. The official said the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. Detail information is being obtained in this matter.
pilots were experienced
Defense spokesperson Lt Col A. s. Walia said that, “The weather was good in terms of flight. The pilots had more than 600 hours of experience flying ALH-WSI. They had put in a total of more than 1,800 hours of flying services till now. The aircraft was commissioned in June 2015 was enlisted in the army.”
He said an emergency message was sent from the helicopter to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) room about a technical snag before the crash. Lt Col Walia said, “This will be the focus of the ‘Court of Inquiry’ set up to find out the cause of the accident”.
Second crash in October
On 8 October this month, an army Cheetah helicopter crashed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. He had crashed during a routine flight around 10:00 in the morning. There were two pilots in the Cheetah chopper.
After the crash, both were evacuated to the nearest army hospital, but the seriously injured pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Saurabh Yadav, died during treatment.
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