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BSF team visits helicopter crash site in Sirohi

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Updated: May 14, 2011, 8:37 PM IST
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BSF team visits helicopter crash site in Sirohi
The mishap took place on Friday when the helicopter crashed in the hills of village Fatehpura.

Jaipur: A BSF team comprising of technical experts on saturday visited the site in Sirohi district in Rajasthan to probe the helicopter crash that left four people dead.

The mishap took place on Friday when the helicopter crashed in the hills of village Fatehpura near Abu Road here in the Sirohi district, killing all the four occupants, including the pilot.

"A BSF team headed by an IG rank official reached the crash site today and investigated the matter to ascertain the causes behind the incident," BSF DIG (Rajasthan Frontier) R C Dhyani told PTI.

He said that the charred bodies of the victims were handed over to their family members after identification and postmortem examination.

"The occupants of the helicopter were identified as Captain Bal (pilot), co-pilot Vivek Choudhary (Deputy Commandant- BSF), BSF's Sub-Inspector Sohan Lal and an engineer of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited S S Chopra," he said.

Dhyani said the the pilot was a retired Army colonel and working with the Pawan Hans helicopters Limited.

According to Mahipal Singh, Additional District Collector-Sirohi, family members of the victims accompanied by the BSF officials landed at Sirohi and the bodies were handed over to them after postmortem at the crash site.

Dhyani informed that the bodies of Captain Bal and Vivek Choudhary were sent to Amritsar and Jhunjhunu respectively while rest were taken to Jodhpur.

He said that the helicopter was sent to Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat Frontier) from Jodhpur (Rajasthan Frontier) on May 11 for some operational duty and was returning back when the incident occured.

The chopper had taken off from Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat at 2:20 pm and was to land in Jodhpur at 4:20 pm but it crashed over hilly terrain near Abu Road at around 3:30pm and burnt completely.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over the death of four persons in the crash.

Gehlot also talked to Sirohi district collector Shriram Meena over phone and got the details about the incident, according to an official here.

Four Army personnel were killed on April 22 in a Dhruv helicopter crash in north Sikkim near the Sino-India border.

The mishap occurred just three days after a Russian-origin MI-17-2 chopper, owned by Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, crashed claiming 17 lives after it took off from Guwahati for Tawang.

Another Pawan Hans helicopter had crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on April 30 killing Chief Minister Dorji Khandu along with four others. The wreckage was located on May 4.

First Published: May 14, 2011, 8:37 PM IST
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