4 Injured As IAF MI-17 Helicopter Crashes Near Kedarnath Temple In Uttarakhand

| April 3 , 2018 , 10:50 IST

At least 4 people, including the pilot, suffered minor injuries after an Indian Air Force M-17 helicopter caught fire after colliding with an iron girder on Tuesday while landing at a helipad near the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand.

According to reports, the collision took place when the pilot was attempting to land the helicopter at the helipad, although a Court of Inquiry would ascertain the exact cause of the accident. The helicopter had been carrying 3 crew members and 4 labourers when it crashed.

The pilot and 3 others who suffered minor injuries are undergoing treatment.

Previously, another Mi-17 helicopter had crashed in Arunachal Pradesh in October 2017, resulting in the death of 7 people. The Mi-17 V5 helicopter had been on an air maintenance mission when it crashed in Tawang on October 6, killing 5 Indian Air Force personnel and 2 Army men. The crash was attributed to the disengagement of the helicopter's tail rotor.

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The Mi-17 choppers are considered to be one of the most advanced military transport helicopters in the world. Russia had handed over 3 Mi-17 V-5 to India in 2016. The Mi-17s are designed to transport cargo within the cabin and on a external sling

The Mi-17 is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced military transport helicopters. In 2016, Russia handed over three Mi-17 V-5 to India. Designed to transport cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling, the chopper has a maximum takeoff weight of 13,000 kg. The chopper can transport either 36 armed soldiers internally or 4,500 kg load on a sling.