6 IAF officers, 1 civilian killed in Mi-17 chopper crash: Budgam police

The Hush Post|05:15 pm| 1-min-read
IAF’s Mi-17 transport chopper that had crashed near Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir today morning was carrying 6 Indian Air Force officers, according to the Budgam administration. The chopper had crashed due to a technical failure.
Earlier reports had said that an Indian fighter jet had crashed in Budgam. Two bodies have been found at the crash site, the district administration had said Wednesday afternoon. An eyewitness at the crash site in Budgam had earlier claimed ‘it was a jet aircraft.
Also, DG ISPR, Pakistan, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said, “There are reports of crash of an Indian aircraft on the Indian side (in Budgam), we had no engagement with that aircraft”.

Other major developments 

  • The Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed that the IAF pilot who ejected on the Pakistani side as India’s MiG 21 fighter plane was shot down, is in their custody. However, Pakistan has not formally informed India about the detention of the pilot which it claims to have in its custody.
  • Back home, in Delhi, NSA ( National Security advisor) Ajit Doval is taking charge of the situation. The three service chiefs are meeting him and any information will be routed through the NSA.
  • NOTAM (Notice to Airmen to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route) has been withdrawn. Flight operations will resume. The airspace in North India, including 10 airports, had been shut down earlier in the day.
  • Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah has been summoned by the India’s Ministry of External Affairs

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