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Three Soldiers fall from Helicopter during Practice Drill

Three Soldiers fall from Helicopter during Practice Drill

Three army personnel were injured in a freak accident in a practice drill ahead of Army Day parade, when soldiers displaying slithering operations fell from a helicopter following a malfunction in the craft's boom, to which the ropes were attached, officials said.

A video doing the rounds on social media, shows soldiers sliding down a rope from the helicopter.

As per reports, the mishap that reportedly occurred on January 9, has raised several questions on the safety parameters being followed by the Indian Army while conducting such rehearsals.

"Slithering operation ceases for all ALH with immediate effect after the accident". General Cariappa took over from General Butcher on January 15, 1949.




The Army has more than 100 Dhruv helicopters deployed in all the operational areas including the heights of Jammu & Kashmir and the North-East. All the injured personnel are recovering in hospital, Army said. "An investigation is in progress", said an Army officer.

According to reports, the incident took place on January 9 and the soldiers are now undergoing treatment at Army Hospital Research And Referral in New Delhi. Following the incident, display of slithering operations has been cancelled for the Army Day parade on January 15, sources in the Indian Army said.

ALH Dhruv is an indigenously developed helicopter manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).


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