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Army chopper crashes in Siachen

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, May 13, 2013
First Published: 12:01 IST(13/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:30 IST(13/5/2013)

An army chopper crashed on Monday morning in the Siachen glacier, with both the pilots sustaining minor injuries before being evacuated to Chandigarh for treatment.

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The indigenously-built advanced light helicopter (ALH), Dhruv, crashed in the northern glacier at a height of around 20,000 feet around 8am, Srinagar-based defence public relations officer Naresh Vig said.

The crash was apparently due to whiteout conditions, in which snow and clouds change the way in which light is reflected and only dark objects are visible. The army has ordered an inquiry.

Army sources said one of the two pilots had fallen into a crevice in the glacier and was rescued. The other pilot suffered minor cuts.

The chopper had been pressed into service to drop food and other provisioned items for troops, sources said.

The army started deploying Dhruv choppers for its Siachen operations recently and is planning to use more of them.

With details from PTI


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