The collision occurred when the pilot attempted to land the helicopter at the helipad, following which it caught fire. The pilot along with three others suffered minor injuries in the accident and are being treated.
Four people, including the pilot, suffered minor injuries when an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter caught fire after it collided with an iron girder in Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath. The collision took place when the pilot attempted to land the helicopter at the helipad.
The pilot along with three others suffered minor injuries in the accident and are being treated. A Court of Inquiry will ascertain the cause of the accident. The helicopter was carrying three crew members and four labourers.
The helicopter tipped over following t accident at the helipad. (Express Photo)
Another Mi-17 helicopter had crashed in Arunachal Pradesh in October last year. Five Indian Air Force crew members and two Indian Army personnel were killed in the Mi-17 V5 helicopter, which was on an air maintenance mission when it crashed.
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, Mi-17V-5 also ranks among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type, incorporating the best engineering solutions from previous generations