An Indian Army helicopter crashed in Jammu and Kashmir's Guarez Sector near the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday, 11 March, while on a routine mission to evacuate an ailing soldier from a forward post, news agency ANI reported, quoting the Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO).
One of the two pilots of the chopper has lost his life in the incident, while the other is injured, the PRO said. He has been identified as 29-year-old Major Sankalp Yadav, the co-pilot of the chopper. The other pilot of the chopper is also critical but is stable and admitted in the ICU at 92 Base Hospital.
The Cheetah helicopter crashed in the snowbound Baraum area of Guarez near Gujran Nallah, which falls under the Bandipora district
According to the PRO, the helicopter lost communication contact with the forward post at Gujran, Baraub, after which the Indian Army launched a search operation on foot, while search and rescue helicopters were also pressed into service.
The cause of the crash of the helicopter is being ascertained.
(With inputs from ANI.)