National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 24 October 2019
One ALH helicopter of Indian Army force-landed due to technical reasons in general area Poonch.
It is NOT A CRASH. All seven persons travelling in the helicopter are safe, a Army source said breaking news.
Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh was on board the ALH helicopter. Sources said that no one was injured in the forced landing of ALH Pooch.
Army Statement on Helicopter Forced Landing.
ALH Heptr Force Landing Today in General Area Mandi
•All nine passengers have minor injuries incl Army Cdr.
•All checked medically & no danger to life.
•Naval co-pilot has back problem, technician likely leg fracture.
•Army Cdr, facial bruises. CT Scan done, all well.
• First respondents were local villagers. They were of great help & saviours. Kudos to them.
•Doctor confirms that ‘all injuries are blunt & superficial.
•There aren’t any fracture or any back problem.
Army Commander was visiting units in Poonch Sector, when the ALH developed a technical snag and crash landed.
All passengers and crew sustained injuries. The injured were evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur. As per medical investigations, all have sustained blunt and superficial injuries but are stable.
The local villagers who arrived first on the scene wholeheartedly assisted the Army in management and evacuation of the injured. We salute them.
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