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Navy chopper crashes into river, one killed

A Chetak helicopter of the Navy Wednesday crashed into a river near Anakapally town, about 50 kilometres from here, killing one person and injuring three others including the pilot.



Visakhapatnam: A Chetak helicopter of the
Navy Wednesday crashed into a river near Anakapally town, about 50
kilometres from here, killing one person and injuring three
others including the pilot.

The victim, Navy diver Kishan Kumar (26) suffered serious
injuries in the crash, which apparently occurred after the
helicopter hit a high-tension wire, Visakhapatanam (Rural) DSP
Vineet Brijlal said. Kumar died at the Anakapally
hospital.

The three others, including the pilot, survived the
mishap and received minor injuries, he said.

Brijlal, quoting available information, said the mishap
occurred when the chopper, belonging to INS Dega here, touched
a high-tension wire while flying low near Sarada river bridge.
The personnel were on a routine survey to locate a safe
landing place to deal with an emergency situation, he said.

A fisherman who witnessed the crash told police that the
chopper, after hitting the electric wire, spun in the air once
before plunging into the river.

The locals informed police, who managed to extricate the
four Navy personnel from the water and rush them to Anakapally
hospital, the DSP said.

Kumar, a petty officer hailing from Patna, suffered head
injuries and succumbed to his wounds. His body has been taken
to INS Dega for autopsy, another police officer said.

The officer said an investigation into the crash has been
ordered by the Navy.

The injured personnel included crew members Lt Commander
N Rishikesh (pilot), Lt Tushar Sharma and Sub-Lieutenant
Dipika Mishra, an air traffic officer who was on a
familiarisation flight.

This is the second crash of a Naval aircraft this year. A
Kiran Mar II trainer had crashed into a residential building
in Hyderabad during an air show on March 3 this year, killing
both the pilots.

Today`s crash is a second one involving a Chetak of the
Navy since 2005.

PTI

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