Two pilots were killed on Friday after an Indian Army helicopter crashed in Bhutan. The deceased pilots have been identified as Lieutenant Colonel Rajneesh Parmar of the Indian Army and Captain Kalzang Wangdi of Bhutanese Royal Army. It was Lieutenant Colonel Rajneesh Parmar’s birthday on Friday.
The chopper, Indian Military Training Team’s Cheetah, was en-route from Khirmu (Arunanchal Pradesh) to Yongfulla (Bhutan) on duty when it crashed into a hill at around 1 pm.
The sources told India Today TV that the incident took place when the Indian Army chopper was approaching Yongfulla for landing, but instead, it crashed into the nearby hill Khentongmani. Both Indian and Bhutanese army officers were killed on the spot.
“An Indian Army Helicopter crashed at 1 pm near Yongphulla in Bhutan. The helicopter went out of radio and visual contact soon after 1 pm. It was en-route from Khirmu (Arunanchal Pradesh) to Yongfulla on duty,” Col Aman Anand, Indian Army Spokesperson said.
Col Aman Anand added that a ground search and rescue operation was launched from Yongfulla and the wreckage was located.