Two Pilots Dies After IAF's Mi-17 Transport Chopper Crashes In J&K's Budgam

| February 27 , 2019 , 13:00 IST

An Indian Air Force transport chopper named Mi-17 crashed on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district due to technical reasons, officials said.

The police have rushed to the spot and confirmed that two pilots lost their lives in the tragic incident.

The aircraft crashed close to the Srinagar airport in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam around 10 am. The aircraft broke into two and caught fire immediately.

It was earlier reported that the crashed aircraft was MiG-21, however, in a fresh report, it has been reported that it was Mi-17 transport chopper that collided.

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Srinagar airport has been closed for operations. Airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar and Pathankot are on high alert.

As per the sources, the crash is the result of some technical fault in the jet. It broke into two and caught fire immediately.

After the incident took palace, sorties of IAF fighter jets have been stalled from Srinagar airways and the civil aviation activities have been suspended from Srinagar airport due to security reason.

SSP of Budgam said, "Some aircraft have fallen. As of now, we aren't in a position to ascertain anything. The technical team is here, they'll ascertain facts. We have found 2 bodies so far and have evacuated them. Search is going on here."

Later, sources said that International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing.