IAF probe findings on India downing own helicopter put on hold

IAF officers say they are keen to serve justice quickly and make an example of those found guilty of operational lapses

IAF probe findings on India downing own helicopter put on hold
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Ajai Shukla New Delhi
(The story has been updated with subsequent developments)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been told to keep on hold the findings of a “court of inquiry” (CoI) that has conclusively determined that an IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter was shot down by an Indian missile battery that was guarding Srinagar air base.

A senior helicopter pilot, of the rank of air commodore, heads the CoI.

Six IAF personnel and a civilian on the ground died in that “friendly fire” incident on February 27. Top IAF sources say the incident happened after officers from the ground missile battery misidentified the IAF

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First Published: Apr 27 2019 | 2:42 AM IST

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