Army screening GPS records
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 19:53
New Delhi: Army is screening the records of the global positioning system (GPS) device on board the chopper to find how it strayed into Pakistan-controlled territory across the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday.

Along with debriefing the four-member crew of the Cheetah, we are also checking the records of the GPS to get a clear picture about how the chopper strayed from its route and how the two pilots could not determine their exact location, sources said here.

They said the GPS device will help in finding the exact route taken by the Cheetah helicopter to reach the Olding base in Skardu under Pakistan, where it landed on Sunday.

The chopper belonging to the 666 Siachen Phalcon unit, flying from Leh to Bhimbhat in Jammu and Kashmir, went across the Line of Control at around 1320 hours following bad weather.

But soon after the landing, the pilots and two other personnel of the Indian Army realised that the helipad was not in the Indian territory but in Pak-controlled Northern Areas.

Sources said that the "debriefing" of the four crew members was going on and they denied that any secret information was accessed from the GPS device.

As far as the call signs and codes are concerned, they are changed on a frequent basis and can't be of much help for any adversary, they said on reports that the Pakistan army has got access to the call signs and codes.

After the Indian chopper strayed into Pakistan, they were grilled for around four hours by the Pakistani authorities but were treated well.

Once satisfied that the incident was inadvertent, the Pakistan army released pilots Maj Raja and Maj Kapila along with Lt Col Verma and Akhilesh Sharma of Engineering Corps.


First Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 19:53

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