An Indian Army Chetak helicopter from the 17 Mountain strike corp unit made a precautionary landing in Punjab on Thursday. Initial information suggests that the crew members of the military helicopters are safe.
The pilot of the ageing helicopter Z 1398, which will be replaced in next few years with a locally-made light utility helicopter, made the landing in an agriculture field in Ropar of Punjab after its control panel indicated a possible technical snag. Army sources said that another Army chopper had reached the landing site.
It’s the second emergency landing of Chetak helicopter this month. Earlier, on 3 February, Chetak helicopter crash-landed at Rudkhud near Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir.
India's Army Chetak helicopter made a precautionary landing in Punjab's Ropar after warning of a possible technical snag in controls.— अमित बिष्ट (@amitbisht280) February 13, 2020
Another Army chopper is on way to the landing site. pic.twitter.com/Jl2qjFjNP7
India’s 1.5 million armed personnel have for years been waiting to replace the military’s ageing light helicopters. The Chetak helicopters are considered a lifeline for army formations and troops deployed in the Himalayan region.