IAF helicopters evacuate crashed civilian plane from Kedarnath

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The Indian Air Force on Saturday evacuated a crashed UT Air Pvt limited aircraft at 11,500 feet from Kedarnath heliport using two Mi-17 V5 helicopters.

The helicopter was flown to Sahastradhara near Dehradun.

The civilian plane crashed a few days ago at an altitude of 11,500 feet at the helipad near the temple of Kedarnath. Due to connectivity issues, it was not possible to transport the wreckage to a lower region.

The company, through the Uttarakhand Civil Administration, has asked the IAF to help it evacuate its planes before the Kedarnath Shrine closes at the end of the month.

“On October 26, two Mi-17 V5 planes were tasked with undertaking a very difficult task of evacuating a crashed UT Air Private Limited aircraft from the high altitude region of Kedarnath,” a spokesperson said on Sunday. of the IAF.

The Air Force used two helicopters for the mission, one to extricate the crashed plane and the other to provide logistical support.

“At dawn on Sunday, two helicopters were put into action, one being responsible for providing logistical support and the other for clearing the downed civilian plane by carrying it slung,” added the carrier. word.

The crashed plane was hung under one of the helicopters and brought back through the narrow valley to Sahastradhara near Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand.

The spokesperson said that the safe evacuation of the aircraft is a testament to the responsiveness of the IAF in assisting the civilian administration and the proficiency of the IAF crew.

Earlier this month, the Indian Air Force rewarded the various squadrons involved in the Balakot airstrikes and thwarting the Pakistani airstrike on February 27.

The 51st Squadron of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman received a unit citation from Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria for foiling a Pakistani air attack and shooting down enemy F-16 fighters on February 27, earlier this year.



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