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IAF Mi-17 crash: Probe in final stage, 2 officers likely to face court martial

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The Indian Air Force's (IAF) investigation into the crash of its chopper near on February 27 is in the final stage and two officers are likely to be court-martialed for the lapse.

On February 27 morning when counter-attacked in response to the Balakot air strikes, an IAF chopper crashed over Budgam near killing all six of its occupants. It is emerging that the chopper was hit by own air defence system SPYDER deployed in The final report in this regard would be disclosed after the culmination of investigation.

"The helmed by Air Commodore-rank had concluded its probe but it has been reconvened now as the accused officers want to call more witnesses," government sources told ANI.

As per the findings of the Court of Inquiry, two offices are likely to face court martial for lapse which led to the crash of the chopper, sources said.

The top brass of the and the government are of the view that strictest punishment should be meted out to personnel who are found guilty.

Sources said it is also emerging that probably the officers handling air defence responsibilities at the mistook the chopper returning midway from a mission as an incoming missile towards the base.

On February 27, a V-5 chopper of the Srinagar-based 154 crashed within 10 minutes of taking off even as a dogfight raged over 100 km away between intruding Pakistani jets and the IAF, in which Wing was involved. Six IAF personnel on board and a civilian on the ground had lost their lives in the crash.

The was also delayed to some extent as the black box of the chopper was stolen by the villagers in Budgam where some of the hostile elements had also reportedly pelted stones at military vehicles after the crash.

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 18:05 IST