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Three jawans falls from chopper during practice drill ahead of Army Day

14 January 2018

The accident happened when the chopper was hovering in the air and the Jawans were coming down to the ground with the help of the rope.

The incident raises serious concern on the safety measures being carried out while conducting such kind of drills. 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.

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"Slithering operations have been suspended till the cause of accident is known".

The jawans were rushed to the hospital immediately. The slithering operations, which involve troops slipping down a rope usually from a helicopter, is a method used to drop troops in an area of action when a chopper cannot land.

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The incidence took place on Tuesday when three were slithering down from an advanced light helicopter, the rope attached to the chopper appeared to have snapped midway.

Army Day is observed on 15 January every year to honour Lieutenant General KM Kariappa, who took over as the first commander-in-chief of the Indian Army on this day. "An investigation is in progress", said an Army officer. Since there was a malfunction in the aircraft's boom, "A 2-member investigating team from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has come on Wednesday to probe the matter", said a source in the HAL.

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Three jawans falls from chopper during practice drill ahead of Army Day