All three injured persons evacuated from army helicopter which crash landed in Kishtwar

All the three members on board an army chopper which crash landed in Kishtwar have been evacuated to a hospital, army said on Thursday.

In a statement by Northern Command, the army said that at about 11:15 am, an Army Aviation ALH Dhruv helicopter on an operational mission made a precautionary landing on the banks of Marua river in the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir.

It said that the pilots had reported a technical fault to the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and proceeded for a precautionary landing. “Due to the undulating ground, undergrowth and unprepared landing area, the helicopter apparently made a hard landing, ” it said.

The army launched immediate rescue operations and Army rescue teams reached the site.

“Two pilots and a technician were on board. All three injured personnel have been evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur,” the statement said.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered, it said further.