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Indian Army ALH Dhruv Chopper Crashes in Kishtwar, three persons onboard rescued; Court of Inquiry Ordered: Officials

May 4, 2023

Kishtwar, May 4: Indian Army’s helicopter (ALH Dhruv) has crashed in Kishtwar in the Chenab Valley with three persons, including a technician, on board.

An Indian Army helicopter with theee persons on board crashed on Thursday morning in a forested area near the banks of the Marua river in the Kishtwar region in the Chenab Valley, army official said.

According to a statement issued by the Indian Army’s Northern Command: “Due to the unadulating ground, undergrowth and unprepared landing area, the helicopter apparently made a hard landing.”

All three persons, including two pilots and a technician, according to the Indian Army spokesperson, have been rescued and shifted to Command Hospital, Udhampur, for treatment.

Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident.

According to details, an Army chopper crashed near Machhna village in Marwah Tehsil in Kishtwar District of Jammu and Kashmir on the morning of May 4. Immediately, a rescue operation was launched, Kishtwar SSP Khalil Poswal said. “Rescue teams were rushed to the crash site immediately,” SSP Poswal said after the crash.

Initially, the Indian Army said that pilots suffered injuries in the chopper crash.

“An Army ALH Dhruv Helicopter crashed near Kishtwar, Jammu & Kashmir. Pilots have suffered injuries but are safe. Further details are awaited,” Army officials said at the time.

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