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IAF airlifts crashed Pawan Hans chopper in Uttarakhand

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

As part of relief operations in Uttarakhand, an IAF Mi-17 V5 helicopter today airlifted from Harsil to Dehradun a Pawan Hans chopper which had crashed in June.

"As part of the ongoing 'Op-Rahat', the IAF airlifted a Pawan Hans helicopter out of Harsil. The Pawan Hans helicopter had crashed on Harsil helipad on June 28 and was under-slung and airlifted to Dehradun in delicately handled operation by a Mi-17 V5 helicopter," an IAF statement said here.

The helicopter had crash-landed at Harsil and was damaged in the process soon after the death of 20 personnel in a mishap involving a Mi-17 V5. But all onboard were safe.

On June 21, a private helicopter that was being used for rescue operations had also crashed. The pilot, though, was rescued.

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First Published: Wed, September 04 2013. 20:01 IST