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Indian Army chopper crashes in Punjab’s Pathankot, rescue operations underway

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Indian Army chopper crashes in Punjab’s Pathankot, rescue operations underway

Pathankot: An army helicopter carrying at least five people on board crashed near the Ranjit Sagar Dam in Punjab’s Pathankot on Tuesday morning, however, the pilot and co-pilot have survived the crash, said a senior police official.

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“We have received information that an army helicopter has crashed in the lake. We have rushed our teams to the spot,” superintendent of police of Punjabs’ Pathankot, Surendra Lamba, said over the phone.

The 254 AA helicopter of the Indian Army crashed at around 10.20am and police and NDRF are currently carrying out the rescue operation. An army team has also rushed to the spot to ascertain the damage.

Local residents claimed the chopper used to hover over the dam and drop a pipe into the water every day. The moment it dropped the pipe on Tuesday morning, it crashed, they added.

There were no immediate reports of any casualty, he said, adding that more details are awaited. The dam is located about 30km from Pathankot.

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