An Indian military helicopter, carrying a top army general among others, made a crash landing in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir earlier today.
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, who leads the Northern Army Command, and seven other crew members, including two pilots, received minor injuries during the crash landing.
As per Indian media reports, General Ranbir was on a visit to the areas of Occupied Kashmir, which came under retaliatory fire from Pakistan during a recent cross-border encounter.
The Advanced Light Helicopter was on its way back to Srinagar when it developed a fault near the Bedar area in the Poonch sector. A civilian is reported dead during the incident, while the crew, including the General, remained safe.
“The army general and others were taken to a nearby army medical center for examination,” an army official said. He confirmed that none of them received severe injuries.
Destruction of Indian aircraft and army helicopters has now become a frequent sight for the world. So far this year, the country has lost more than 12 jets, a couple of helicopters, and 20 personnel in various incidents.