Three soldiers injured while slithering down from chopper

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

The soldiers, who fell down on ground from a height of almost 30 feet when the boom (pulley) supporting the rope reportedly gave away at the Army Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment on Tuesday, are reported to be stable. Following an accident, the Army has suspended the use of Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), Dhruv, for operations. The condition of the three soldiers was reported to be out of the danger, however they sustained minor injuries. The jawans accidentally fell off after a rope slipped off ALH Dhruv helicopter during a rehearsal for Army Day. The army authorities have called for an investigation into the matter.

The accident, a video of which has become viral on social media, occurred on January 9. If detected by the enemy, the helicopters with soldiers dangling from the rope, are an easy target and the effort always is to avoid such situations, sources said. "Material failure" appears to be the reason behind the incident, involving AHL Dhruv, sources told PTI.

While rehearsing for Army Day parade at Delhi Cantonment playground, three jawans were injured during slithering operation following which an inquiry has been ordered.

The "Army Day" is held on January 15 every year in honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.