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Case of Mistaken Fratricide, Says Govt on Shooting Down of IAF Chopper in J&K's Budgam in February

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the aircraft was shot down during a war-like situation that had developed due to the hostile action of the Pakistani Air Force.

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Updated:November 20, 2019, 11:18 PM IST
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Case of Mistaken Fratricide, Says Govt on Shooting Down of IAF Chopper in J&K's Budgam in February
People gather near the debris of IAF's MI-17V5 chopper that crashed in a village in Budgam, J&K on Feb 27, 2019. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday termed as "mistaken fratricide" the shooting down of its own helicopter by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27 when Indian and Pakistani forces were engaged in a dogfight.

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the aircraft was shot down during a war-like situation that had developed due to the hostile action of the Pakistani Air Force.

A surface-to-air missile of the IAF brought down the Mi-17 aircraft in Budgam in Kashmir Valley, killing six personnel on board and a civilian on ground.

"It was a case of mistaken fratricide, during the war-like situation, developed due to the hostile action of Pakistan Air Force at the LoC near Srinagar," Naik said in Lok Sabha in response to a question. "The inquiry has been concluded and concerned individuals have been held blameworthy."

Last month, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria described the incident as a "big mistake" and said disciplinary action has been taken against officers held responsible.

The helicopter crashed in Budgam around 10 am on February 27 when Indian and Pakistani fighter jets were engaged in a fierce aerial combat in Nowshera, a day after India's air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Balakot in Pakistan. The helicopter went down around 10 minutes after taking off.

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