Following the crash of the Army’s Cheetah chopper at the Sukna Military Camp in West Bengal, three army officers were injured, while one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) managed narrow escape. Two army choppers choppers, went for a survey at the forward area and while coming back, one of them crashed, claiming the lives of three army officials. The JCO was successfully evacuated and immediately taken to the hospital, where he is admitted with critical injuries.
According to officials in the Army, the crash took place at around 11:45 AM, while the chopper was heading back, from a routine mission, to the camp’s helipad at Sukna, near Siliguri. Following the incident, a Court of Inquiry had been ordered by official authority.
With a record of being able to fly the to the highest altitude among all helicopters, the five-seater chopper is designed to operate over a vast range of gravity, altitude conditions and weight.
According to a NDTV report, last year, on February, there was a similar incident, where a Cheetah chopper crashed at Nagaland’s Dimapur district. However the crash left all the crew members unhurt. Citing age -old construction of the chopper several army men and their families had repeatedly urged for the phase out of the chopper.