Indian Air Force Mi-17 Helicopter Crashes Near the Himalayas

Air Force Helicopter Crashes While Landing Near Kedarnath Temple All Passengers Safe

All persons on board are safe, an IAF spokesperson said.

The worst accident happened in June 2013, when one of these choppers carrying 19 people on-board crashed, while returning from Kedarnath.

At least 4 people, including the pilot, suffered minor injuries after an Indian Air Force M-17 helicopter caught fire after colliding with an iron girder on Tuesday while landing at a helipad near the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand.

In October previous year, an Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh killing seven military personnel.

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"Just 20 metres before the helipad in Kedarnath, the Mi-17 helicopter, which was flying low, collided with a cable and crashed", Rudraprayag Superintendent of Police Prahlad Meena said, according to The Indian Express.

The M17 helicopter itself was badly damaged in the crash. The Indian Air Force has ordered an inquiry into the crash.

The Mi-17 V-5 is a Russian helicopter which is considered to be an advanced version of Mi-8/17 family of helicopters. Created to transport cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling, the chopper has a maximum takeoff weight of 13,000 kg.

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