Two pilots were killed today when an Indian Army Cheetah Helicopter crashed-landed on the hills near Patnitop in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district.
The Army Aviation helicopter's pilots were critically injured when it crashed, according to officials. Locals rescued them and rushed them to the hospital, where doctors declared them dead. Both the pilots were Major-rank officers, a senior army officer said.
Jammu and Kashmir police said, "An Army Aviation Helicopter has force-landed near Patnitop. Locals reported the helicopter going down near Patnitop area of Udhampur. We have rushed the team to the area. The two pilots are injured and are being evacuated. Further details are being ascertained."
Expressing condolences over the unfortunate demise of the two pilots, Northern Command, Indian Army in a statement said, "GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen YK Joshi and all ranks salute the bravehearts Major Rohit Kumar & Major Anuj Rajput who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty on Sept 21 at Patnitop & offer deepest condolences to their families."
Visuals shared on social media showed the wrecked helicopter, a Cheetah, on a hillside and locals trying to pull out the pilots.