Budgam chopper crash: Wg Cdr and Group Captain face court martial for crash | Details inside

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Two IAF (Indian Air Force) officers will face court-marshal for the Mi 17 chopper crash which happened in February this year, sources told ANI on Monday. In the crash, all the six occupants were reportedly killed due to friendly fire by their own missile system.

Also, two Flight Lieutenants and two Air Commodores will face administrative actions in the case of their roles in the crash.

According to the reports, some defense sources reportedly told ANI, “Two officers including a group captain and a Wing Commander would be tried by a court martial for their lapses in the case due to which six IAF personnel were killed in friendly fire.”

A few weeks ago, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria reportedly admitted that the helicopter which crashed in Budgam on February 27, the day on which Pakistan Air Force retaliated to Balakot airstrikes, was hit by an Indian missile.

On February 27, the Indian and the Pakistani air forces were engaged in air combat and an IAF Mi-17 chopper was crashed in Budgam killing all its six occupants and a civilian.

Later, it was found that the chopper was hit by a surface-to-air missile of the Indian Air Force. In the probe ordered by the court of inquiry, it was reportedly found that there were “vital gaps” in the coordination and communication between the ground staff and the chopper crew. It also revealed that the standard operating procedures were violated.

Bhadauria had said, “Court of inquiry has completed and it was our mistake as our missile had hit our own chopper.”

The reports suggest that squadron leader Siddharth Vashisht was flying the helicopter which was crashed. The other IAF personnel in the helicopter were squadron Ninad Mandvgane, Kumar Pandey, sergeant Vikrant Sehrawat, corporals Deekpak Pandey and Pankaj Kumar.

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