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One army technician was killed as two others were injured when their Dhruv helicopter made a hard landing near a river in Kishtwar, J&K, on Tursday the 4th of May 2023.

According to a spokesperson from Army’s Northern Command  –  many as three persons were on board were injured when an Army helicopter crashed in the hills of Marwah in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The technician was identified as Prabballa Anil, who died in this accident.

The spokesperson added that at about 1115 hours, an Army Aviation ALH Dhruv helicopter on an operational mission made a precautionary landing on the banks of Marua river in the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir.

As per inputs, the pilots had reported a technical fault to the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and proceeded for a precautionary landing, said the official. Due to the undulating ground, undergrowth and unprepared landing area, the helicopter apparently made a hard landing, he added.

He further said that immediate rescue operations were launched and Army rescue teams reached the site.

“Two pilots and a technician were on board. All three injured personnel have been evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur,” the official said adding that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered.