Two pilots who are serving officers in the Indian Army have died after a Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army crashed on Friday, September 27.
Eye9ja understands that a Lieutenant colonel died in the Indian Army helicopter crash, while the other co-pilot was a Bhutanese training with the Indian Army who also did not survive the crash.
The Indian Army chopper was approaching Yonphula for landing when it crashed into the nearby Khentongmani hill.
While confirming the crash, Indian Army Spokesperson, Col Aman Anand said in a statement obtained by Eye9ja that reads as thus; “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 added that search and rescue operation had since been launched from Yongfulla and the wreckage was located.
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. It shares borders with China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.