Army team visits copter crash site, collects vital clues

Army team visits copter crash site, collects vital clues

The five-member expert team carried out on-site investigations and examined the crash area within a radius of 100 meters, sources added.

Two teams of Electrical Mechanical Engineers (EME) and Aviation wing of the Army Thursday visited the helicopter crash site here at Laaman hillock in Takiya area and collected ‘vital clues’, sources said.

An Army helicopter crashed on Wednesday evening here in north Kashmir, killing a Lieutenant Colonel Ghulathi and his co-pilot  Major Tahir Khan.

 The five-member expert team carried out on-site investigations and examined the crash area within a radius of 100 meters, sources added.

“The team member’s video graphed the crash site from different angles and also took photographs before collecting crucial pieces of the helicopter,” they said.

Another team from Aviation wing of Army examined the crash site for about five hours on the hilly terrain and is likely to visit the site again after a week, said a source.

 Reports said the aircraft was flying at an altitude of over 3,000 feet above sea-level when it lost contact with Air Traffic control in Mansbal area.  The height of the hillock with which it is believed to have collided before crashing is said to be about 1,400 feet.

 Bad weather conditions along the flight path and poor visibility may have forced the pilots to fly the helicopter at lower altitude, said a team member. “That might have led to crash,” he said.

The wreckage of the ill-fated The Dhruv helicopter 202 squadron was spotted immediately after it came down in flames on Wednesday evening.

The helicopter according to experts had deviated from its path, hit the cliff of a hillock and crashed on spot while on its routine trainee sortie, they said.

They said the wreckage of the chopper would be cleared only after completion of the investigations, adding that the expert teams would submit its final report within one or two months.

However the teams didn’t divulge into further details.