Two pilots were killed when an Indian Army helicopter crash-landed in a dense forest near Patnitop 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 defense spokesman said.
He said that two pilots — Major Rohit Kumar and Major Anuj Rajput — were injured in the incident and evacuated to the nearest medical facility but they succumbed to injuries.
The incident reportedly occurred between 10.30 am to 10.45 am when the chopper was caught in bad weather, officials said, adding the helicopter belonged to the Army Aviation Corps.
There was a thick fog over Patnitop when the incident occurred, they said.
Local residents were the first to reach the site and they pulled out the pilots from the severely damaged helicopter, they added.
Police, along with the Army, rushed to the scene to join the rescue operation and evacuated the injured pilots to a hospital, the officials said.