Kathua: Searches for missing pilots continue  

By: M S Nazki

Jammu: Navy divers and others continued operation for the seventh day on Monday to trace pilot and co-pilot of a helicopter of Indian Army’s aviation corps which crashed near Ranjit Sagar Dam in the Basohli area of Kathua, officials said.

The helicopter crashed around 1020 hours on Tuesday. Later teams of Police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the site and started rescue operations. However the success eluded them till evening when the operation was called off due to darkness.

On Wednesday, army pressed navy divers into service to find out the missing pilots. “There was no trace of the missing pilots as rescue operation by army and navy divers continued,” the officials said.

So far some helicopter parts were recovered along with a helmet, two big size bags and one shoe, the officials said.

The operation was suspended on Monday evening and would be resumed on Tuesday morning, the officials said. (GNS)

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