Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Indian Air Force jet crashes in Budgam, one killed

Indian Air Force jet crashes in Budgam, one killed

Six Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, including the pilot and the co-pilot, and a civilian were killed in the Mi-17 V5 helicopter crash in Budgam on Wednesday morning. Two bodies have been found, said the police.

Airports in Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh - close to the border with Pakistan - have been been shut for three months. Earlier reports indicated that the crashed aircraft was a jet.

Indian air force spokesman Anupam Banerjee in New Delhi said he had no information on Pakistan's statement.

The reaction came after Indian aircrafts intruded into Pakistan airspace and released payload in haste near Balakot.

On February 20, one pilot was killed when two Surya Kiran Acrobatic team aircrafts collided mid-air during AeroIndia 2019.

"Two Indian pilots were taken into custody and they are being treated well".

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The chopper broke into two and caught fire immediately.

Earlier, the entire airspace north of the Indian capital was vacated, official sources said on Wednesday.

"Pakistan's plan was that there should be no casualties or damage, only to show Pakistani capability", said Khan. In powerful retaliation, Indian forces bombed five forward posts across the LoC.

On February 1, a Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Bengaluru.

The attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), prompting India to accuse Pakistan of harbouring the militant group.

Pakistan immediately stopped its domestic and global flight operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports following the tension.

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