In a shocking development, an Indian Air Force Mi17 V5 chopper crashed near Mana Pass of Uttarakhand today during a drilling exercise of the Kumaon regiment at North of Badrinath, Joshi math sector. All are reported to be safe.
The chopper was being used by the Army’s Kumaon regiment and the incident happened during the routine drill exercise was going on.
The Kumaon regiment of the Indian Army is a decorated regiment of the infantry. The Kumon gets its recruits from Kumaonis and Ahirs of the state.
The news broke in around noon today.
The Mi-17 with officers and men of 12 Grenadiers was practising inter valley movement at Ghastoli helipad between Badrinath and Mana Pass when the incident took place, the sources said.
Prima facie it appears the helicopter crashlanded after developing some technical snag, the sources said. IAF is looking into the incident