Army helicopter crashes at airbase in Bareilly, 3 killed

An Indian Army helicopter crashed at an airbase in Bareilly on Wednesday, killing three officers onboard.

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Bareilly: An Indian Army helicopter crashed at an airbase in Bareilly on Wednesday, killing three officers onboard.

The Cheetah helicopter took off from the city in Uttar Pradesh for a routine sortie.

It developed a technical snag and crashed at around 8 am in Nakatiya, a rural area of Bareilly, and burst into flames. Fire tenders were rushed, but no one could be saved.

An earlier report said it was an Air Force helicopter, but it was later confirmed to be a 23-year-old Army chopper.

Major Abhijeet Thapa, 29, Major Vikas Varyani, 29, and Captain Avinash, 26, were killed in the incident, a district official told a news agency.

While the major rank officials were the pilot and co-pilot, the captain was from the engineering corp, an official said.

Senior district and Army officials rushed to the site and expedited the operations to pull out the bodies of the officers.

(With IANS inputs)

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