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    5 IAF officers held guilty of shooting down own chopper

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    The IAF court found a Group Captain, two Wing Commanders and two Flight Lieutenants guilty of negligence and not following correct procedure while shooting down the helicopter, a source said.

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    The Indian air defence systems were on high alert since the Balakot air strikes.
    NEW DELHI: An IAF court of inquiry has found five officers of the Indian Air Force guilty of shooting down its Mi-17 V5 helicopter, which was flying over Srinagar with 6 IAF personnel on February 27, a day after the Balakot strikes.

    The inquiry found that the chopper was brought down by friendly fire from the Spyder air defence missile system. The IAF court found a Group Captain, two Wing Commanders and two Flight Lieutenants guilty of negligence and not following correct procedure while shooting down the helicopter, a source said. The inquiry found that the officers who handled the air defence system at the Srinagar air base mistook the helicopter, returning midway from a mission, for an incoming missile.

    The hel icopter belonging to the Srinagar based 154 Helicopter Unit crashed within 10 minutes after takeoff, even as a dogfight took place at the J&K border air corridor between the IAF and Pakistan Air Force. The Indian air defence systems were on high alert since the Balakot air strikes.

    The court of inquiry was delayed as the helicopter’s black box had to be retrieved from villagers in Budgam. Besides the six IAF personnel, a civilian too died when the helicopter crashed.
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    20 Comments on this Story

    Sam Raman387 days ago
    Will the IAF Chief state HOW many IAF PILOTS had been killed in last 10 Years in Fighter jet crashes, disappeared IAF aircraft over the Indian Ocean (that flew from Chennai to Port Blair) killing 19 Military/civilian folks, negligence in intelligence over Pathankot IAF base terror attack, British Agusta Helicopter scam (arresting an ex IAF Chief under CBI inquiry) and current state of IAF with many Fighter jets grounded (for spares) and claim of F 16 (Pakistan Fighter Jet) shooting down in Balakot strike with no pics and disowned by foreign media visit and by US Govt Officials. Where was the IAF when KARGIL intrusion took place killing many Indian Army troops.?
    Sam Raman387 days ago
    IAF - Neglected by the Indian Govt for long. IAF could not even pay the bills to HAL in 2019 that supplied parts, servicing them for years. When HAL threatened to discontinue their services to IAF, Def Minister Mrs. Seetharaman released funds. For months there was NO Defense Minister after the departure of DM Parrikar. The RAFALE Fighter jet purchase from FRANCE had its smoke. There is NO standardization in IAF procurement to have a clear logistic platform. Many past IAF Chiefs had towed the line of Party in power. From British fighter jets in the 50''s to RUSSIAN Fighter jets in the 60''s to FRENCH Fighter Jets in the 70/80''s (Mirage) to BRITISH (AGUSTA) deal in MMS Govt. to FRENCH RAFALE (2018)to US acquisition Apache''s,C 130 and back to RUSSIAN MIGs, Sukhoi, helicopters, the IAF had become a junkyard of with acute shortage of spares, outdated models. IAF was desperate to acquire spares from scrapped French aircrafts from FRANCE, OMAN and other Countries with 30% fleet NON- Operational in recent past. Flying few sorties across LOC and bold statements from Air Chief will not protect the Country. It is the fighting capability. The hijacked IA flight by terrorists from NEPAL some years ago that refueled at Amritsar with NO action from Ambala base is the proof.
    bodh ramdeo390 days ago
    Hard to figure how they mistook a helicopter for a missile...can only be incompetence
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