Three killed in Army chopper crash

Two pilots and an Army officer were killed when a Cheetah helicopter crashed in Nagaland.

Kohima: Two pilots and an Army officer
were killed when a Cheetah helicopter crashed in a jungle of
Dzukou Valley in Nagaland today.

Policemen, accompanied by locals of Viswema village,
recovered the bodies from the forest, Kohima SP Rothilhu
Tetseo said.

Army Spokesman R K Palta said the `Cheetah` helicopter
had left the Army’s 3 Corps headquarters Rangapahar near
Dimapur at around 8:25 am for Imphal on a routine sortie.

It lost ground contact when it was flying over the
mountainous terrains of Dzukou Valley.

The army has withheld the identity of the three
persons.

The crash apparently took place due to bad weather,
the spokesperson said.

A court of inquiry has been ordered into the mishap.

PTI

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