Indian Army Helicopter Crash: A Cheetah helicopter of Indian Army on its way to pick up sick personnel of India’s border guarding force – Border Security Force (BSF) – crashed near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Gurez Sector on Friday. While the pilot was injured in the crash, the co-pilot was killed in the accident.
The helicopter had lost communication with the forward post at Gujran in Baraub.
According to officials, a search and rescue operation on foot was immediately launched by the Indian army and rescue helicopters were pressed into service.
The wreckage of the crashed helicopter was found in snowbound Gujran Nallah area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora.
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Pilot and the co-pilot of the helicopter were grievously injured in the crash and were immediately evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur.
Major Sankalp Yadav, 29 years old, was the co-pilot and he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The injured pilot is critical, however stable and is presently in Command Hospital, Udhampur.
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Officials said they were trying to ascertain the cause of the accident.
The two pilots belonged to the Army Aviation Corps and were of the rank of major. The deceased co-pilot, Major Sankalp Yadav, was commissioned in the Indian Army in 2015.
Major Yadav was a resident of Jaipur in India’s desert state of Rajasthan. He has been survived by his father.
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