Two Indian Army Pilots Killed as Helicopter Crashes in J&K's Udhampur

Both the pilots were major rank officers.

New Delhi: Two pilots died when an Army helicopter crash-landed in a dense forested area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district on Tuesday.

“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 defence spokesman said.

The incident reportedly occurred between 10:30 am and 10:45 am, officials said, adding the chopper belonged to the Army Aviation Corps.

Both the pilots were major rank officers, a senior army officer told NDTV. “We shifted them to hospital but unfortunately both lost their lives,” the official continued.

Videos were circulating on social media showing the crashed helicopter and locals trying to help the people inside.

Union minister Jitendra Singh tweeted that he was “disturbed” to hear the news.

(With PTI inputs)