3 army officers killed, 1 injured in helicopter crash at Sukna in West Bengal

Army officials say that the Cheetah helicopter crashed around 11.45am when it was returning to the camp’s helipad at Sukna, near Silgirui, from a routine mission


A file photo of Cheetah helicopter. Photo: AFP
A file photo of Cheetah helicopter. Photo: AFP

Kolkata: Three army officers were killed and a junior commissioned officer was critically injured on Wednesday when a Cheetah helicopter crashed at Sukna Military Camp in West Bengal.

Army officials said the chopper crashed around 11.45am when it was returning to the camp’s helipad at Sukna, near Silgirui, from a routine mission. While three officers died on the spot, a JCO was evacuated and admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.

The army’s 33 Corps is based at Sukna and all aircraft of the Army are run by Army Aviation Corps. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

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