2 killed as Army helicopter crashes in Bandipora

2 killed as Army helicopter crashes in Bandipora

Army sources said the causalities could be more. “Two persons died in the chopper crash. There are reports five people were on board. We are ascertaining the details,” they said.

Two persons including the pilot and co-pilot were killed when Army’s ALH helicopter crashed in Bandipora area of north Kashmir Wednesday evening, police said.

The incident, according to officials, took place in Chewa area of Bandipora. “Two persons have died after the light aircraft crashed. They were not identified,” Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir, Gareeb Das told Greater Kashmir.

He said a forest area also caught fire after the aircraft crashed.

 

Army sources said the causalities could be more. “Two persons died in the chopper crash. There are reports five people were on board. We are ascertaining the details,” they said.

 

Official sources said the helicopter flew from Safapora Army Garrison and was on a routine training sortie when it crashed.

 

Locals at the accident spot said they heard a loud blast.

 

“Chewa is a densly-populated area, but no civilian casualties have been reported,” a senior police official said. “Joint parties of Army and police have rushed to spot to ascertain the facts.”

 

The crashed helicopter is 202 Squadron from aviation range of Mansbal, sources said.