Wednesday, 30 November 2016

2 Army Pilots and an Officer Killed in Helicopter Crash at Sukna near Siliguri

The deceased have been identified as follows:
IC 63823 Pilot Major Sanjeev Lathar
IC 71332 Co-Pilot Major Arvind Bazala
IC 62983 Lt Col Rajneesh Kumar

An Army helicopter crashed at Sukna earlier today leading to the death of killing three officers onboard.

According to the Army's Eastern Command, "an Army Cheetah helicopter crashed at Sukna at 11.45 am today. Three officers killed. One injured soldier evacuated." Sources have revealed that Maj Sanjeev Lathar, Maj Arvind Bazala, Lt Col Rajneesh Kumar were killed when a Cheetah helicopter crashed after its engine failed at 100 ft.

The condition of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) remains critical, an Army spokesperson said.

According to army sources, the incident occurred inside Sukna military base, when the chopper was descending after a routine mission.

Major Arvind Bazala, a young army officer from RS Pura Jammu, an alumnus of Sainik school Nagrota.