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Two Pilots Die As Army Chopper Crash Lands In Udhampur

The two pilots were injured in the incident and were rushed to a hospital.

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New Delhi: Two pilots died after an army helicopter crashed on the hills near Patnitop in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir today.

Two pilots were injured when an Army helicopter crash-landed in a dense forested area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district on Tuesday, officials said.

“Today, during a training sortie in Patnitop area, Indian Army’s Cheetah helicopter crash- landed in Shiv Garh Dhar area in the district,” a Jammu-based defence spokesman said.

He said that two pilots were injured in the incident and they were evacuated to a hospital.

Indian Army condoled the deaths of its two pilots on Sept 21, 2021.

The incident reportedly occurred between 10.30 am to 10.45 am, officials said, adding the chopper belonged to the Army Aviation Corps.

They were rushed to hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.

Both the pilots were Major-rank officers, a senior army officer said. The visuals shared on social media showed a Cheetah helicopter crashed at the hillside and locals tried to rescue the pilots.

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Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Twitter said he was “disturbed to receive the news of Army Helicopter crash around Patnitop region.”

Last month, an army helicopter crashed into the Ranjit Sagar dam lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and the pilot had gone missing, following which search and rescue operations were launched.

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)