IAF chopper crashes in Assam, 2 pilots dead

GUWAHATI: A Microlight Virus SW-80 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed on Thursday in Assam's Majuli island. Two pilots Wing Commander J James and Wing Commander D Vats have been killed within the crash.
Police within the island district confirmed the incident and the deaths. It is suspected that the crash came about due to technical reasons, the officer added. A courtroom of inquiry has been ordered to determine the reason for the accident.

The crash came about round noon at Darbar Chapori, a sand bar within the Brahmaputra, quickly after starting up from the Jorhat air base. People from villages within the district spotted the plane going up in flames and informed the authorities. The chopper was flying to Arunachal Pradesh.


"An Indian Air Force Microlight Virus SW-80 crashed around 1200 hrs today, after getting airborne from Air Force Station Jorhat, for a routine sortie," the defence ministry stated in a observation in New Delhi.


The pilots tried an emergency landing but the plane crashed in a sand bar within the northern part of the district and went up in flames, Tezpur-based defence spokesperson Lt. Col. Harshvardhan Pande advised PTI.


The IAF had procured round 80 Slovenian-origin microlight plane about 3 years in the past. They are most often deployed for environmental and chook recce missions, an IAF legitimate stated.


(With inputs from PTI)
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