A report confirmed the chopper crash which killed Six Indian Air Force personnel. The reason behind the crash, which took place at approx 10:15 in the morning at Garand Kalan village has not been revealed yet.
On Wednesday morning, six dead bodies of Indian Air Force personnel and a civilian were discovered from the debris of an MI-17 helicopter which got crashed at Budgam district of central Kashmir.
The reason for the crash, which took place at around 10:15 am at Garand Kalan village which is 9 km from Budgam, is yet to be investigated. The civilian who died in the crash has been identified as Kifayat Hussain Ganai, 20, who went on a morning stroll along with some friends at Kareva fields.
Shahnawaz, Ganaie’s cousin following the incident said, “We heard a few loud bangs in the air and saw something coming down on us. We fled from there, but it fell on Kifayat Ganai, who was just 20 m away from us. It was flying at a shallow height”.
Just after the accident, the armed force team rushed to the crash site with a forensic team who collected pieces of evidence to find out the cause of the crash. Coincidently, a part of this IAF chopper fell inside the village.
Local sources say that the crash made a panic in the security setups as it took place at the same time when Pakistan violated Indian airspace and dropped massive bombs along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch areas of Jammu.
Since both the airports in Jammu and Srinagar were defence airports, the authorities have closed them following the incident. A senior army officer reported that there could be some technical issues, but one has to find out why the chopper was flying low then the usual speed and what was the position of the radar?