Indian Army has issued a statement on the helicopter crash that took place on Thursday morning in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar in a forested area near the Marusudar River in the Marwah area.
According to Army, at around 11:15 am on May 4, an Army Aviation ALH Dhruv helicopter on an operational mission made a precautionary landing on the banks of the Marua river in Kishtwar. "At about 11:15 hours on 04 May 2023, an Army Aviation ALH Dhruv helicopter on an operational mission made a precautionary landing on the banks of Marua river in the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir. As per inputs, the pilots had reported a technical fault to the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and proceeded for a precautionary landing," the Army said in a statement.
#LIVE | An Army ALH Dhruv Helicopter crashed in Kishtwar district of Jammu & Kashmir. Pilot and copilot injured, as per sources.#JammuKashmir#ArmyChopper #Kishtwar #ChopperCrashhttps://t.co/BTUeHqfYA4 pic.twitter.com/biDcDRRJ0O— Republic (@republic) May 4, 2023
It further stated that due to the uneven terrain, undergrowth and inadequate landing area, the army's chopper apparently made a hard landing. "Due to the undulating ground, undergrowth and unprepared landing area, the helicopter apparently made a hard landing," the statement said, adding that immediate rescue operations were launched. Army's rescue teams have also reached the site.
Speaking on the people onboard, Army said, "Two pilots and a technician were on board. All three injured personnel have been evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur." A Court of inquiry has been ordered in this matter, as per the officials.