The Budgam Mi-17 chopper crash allegedly occured due to a friendly fire leading to the death of six IAF personnel. Sources told India Today TV that IAF’s Court of Inquiry may even recommend court-martial against the two officers responsible for the Budgam crash.
Indian Air Force’s Court of Inquiry is likely to recommend strong action against two officers involved in the Mi-17 chopper crash in Budgam on February 27.
The Budgam Mi-17 chopper crash allegedly occured due to a friendly fire leading to the death of six IAF personnel.
It is believed that the helicopter was brought down by Indian air defence missiles accidentally. A Court of Inquiry to ascertain the exact reason of the crash is ongoing.
Sources told India Today TV that IAF’s Court of Inquiry may even recommend court-martial against the two officers responsible for the Budgam crash.
“The Court of Inquiry is likely to be concluded soon. Strong disciplinary action which could amount to court-martial is likely to be recommended against the two officers in the case,” said a source.
The Mi-17 helicopter crashed at Budgam on February 27 after taking off from Srinagar airport. All the six personnel onboard were killed during the crash.
The helicopter was flown by squadron leader Siddharth Vashisht with other members squadron leader Ninad Mandvgane, Kumar Pandey, sergeant Vikrant Sehrawat, corporals Deepak Pandey and Pankaj Kumar. In addition to the six IAF personnel, a civilian was killed on the ground.
The crash took place around the same time a group of Pakistani fighter jets attempted intruding into Indian airspace in retaliation to the Indian Air Force’s aerial strike targetting a terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan a day before.
Earlier, it was reported that a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder is being contemplated against those who accidentally brought down the helicopter assuming it to be Pakistan’s intrusion.
Courtesy India Today