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Army’s Cheetah helicopter crashes near LoC in North Kashmir; Pilot dead, one injured

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Srinagar: Indian Army’s Cheetah helicopter which was on its way to pick up sick BSF personnel crashed near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Gurez Sector on Friday, resulting in the death of its pilot and injuries to the co-pilot.

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The official said the Army chopper crashed in the Gujran Nallah area in the Gurez Valley, following which a rescue operation was launched immediately.

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However, the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Gurez told sources that communication with the Army chopper was lost. “We are ascertaining the details,” he said.

The helicopter was about to land but “drifted away” because of the weather conditions, an official said. The crash took place near Gujran Nallah in Gurez Sector in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Rescue teams have been despatched on foot while air reconnaissance teams are looking for survivors, the officials said.

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