One killed as MI-17 chopper crashes in Kashmir

Last Updated: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 15:25

Jammu: One person was killed as an Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopter carrying four people crashed into the Chenab River in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir Friday afternoon, police said.

The chopper went down into the waters of the Chenab near Assar, about 150 km northeast of Jammu. The body recovered is suspected to be that of the chopper pilot, police said.

Local residents and police teams are carrying out rescue operations.

A police officer said from the crash site that there were two choppers flying in the area. "One of them apparently developed a technical snag and crashed into the waters of Chenab," he said. The second helicopter is still hovering in the area.

Army rescue teams have also rushed to the spot. It`s not known whether the chopper was carrying any officer. Further details are awaited.

IANS



First Published: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 15:25

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