An Indian Army chopper crash- landed in a thick forest under Baniyawala beat of Chilla range of Rajaji Tiger Reserve on Thursday morning. However, the two officers, on board, a Major and a Caption who was in the pilot’s seat, were safe. It took some time for the officials of the forest department and the district administration to reach the place where the chopper landed under emergency. The chopper was back on the flight in the afternoon with the assistance of the Raiwala base camp.
Speaking on the matter, the director Rajaji Tiger Reserve Sanatan Sonkar said, “The chopper of the Indian Army crash-landed in the Chilla range of Rajaji Tiger Reserve at around 8.30 am. The pilot said that the chopper would have caught fire had he not gone for the emergency landing. Both the officers are safe and they flew back to their destination at around 2.30 pm.”
It is learnt that Major V P Singh and Captain Abhinav Chhetri were on board the Indian Army chopper which was flying from Haldwani to Nahan.
“Our team rushed to the spot on receiving the information of the crash-landing. Soon the army base camp at Raiwala was contacted,” Sonkar added.