Army chopper carrying Northern area commander and staff crash-lands in Poonch1 min read . Updated: 24 Oct 2019, 07:04 PM IST
- The helicopter was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar when it developed a snag and had to crash land at Bedar area in Poonch district
- Defence Ministry spokesman says the crew and passengers are safe
NEW DELHI : A helicopter carrying the Northern area Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh and his staff crash-landed in Poonch in Jammu region on Thursday following a technical snag, officials said.
The Advanced Light Helicopter was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar when it developed a snag and had to crash land at Bedar area in Poonch district. There were seven people in the helicopter including Singh and two pilots. Singh was on a visit to forward areas under the jurisdiction of the XVI corps which have been affected by cross border shelling from Pakistan side quite regularly in recent days.
"A helicopter with Army Commander Northern Command on board, has executed a forced landing on account of technical snag in general area of Poonch," a Defence Ministry Spokesman said in a statement. "The crew and passengers are safe," he said.
Pictures, however, showed a badly mangled chopper lying in a valley fuelling speculation that the helicopter may have crashed.
The army general and others were taken to a nearby army medical facility for examination, the officials said, adding there were no serious injuries to anyone. Lt Gen Singh was on a visit to forward areas of XVI corps which has been witnessing cross border shelling from Pakistan side quite regularly these days.