Rajasthan: 4 killed in BSF helicopter crash
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 00:23
Jodhpur: A BSF helicopter on Friday crashed in a hilly region of Rajasthan's Sirohi district killing all the four occupants, including the pilot, a senior official said.

Sirohi district collector Shriram Meena said the chopper crashed in the hills of village Fatehpura near Abu Road, about 200 km from here, at about 3.30 pm.

The aircraft had taken off from Gandhinagar (Gujarat) at 2.20 pm and was to land here at 4.20 pm, he said.

"Four persons, including the pilot, died in the crash. The bodies which have been found by the district administration are charred beyond recognition," Meena said.

He said fire brigade personnel, who had been rushed to the crash site, had found the chopper completely burnt and the bodies lying scattered around the debris.

BSF spokesman in New Delhi Tirtho Acharya said a team of the border force has been dispatched from Jodhpur to the place where the helicopter went down.

Four Army personnel were killed on April 22 in a Dhruv helicopter crash in north Sikkim near the Sino-India border.

The mishap occurred just three days after a Russian-origin MI-17-2 chopper, owned by Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd, crashed claiming 17 lives after it took off from Guwahati for Tawang.

Another Pawan Hans helicopter had crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on April 30 killing Chief Minister Dorji Khandu along with four others. The wreckage was located on May 4.


First Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 00:23

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