IAF Chopper crashes in J&K’s Budgam

Srinagar: An Indian Air Force (IAF) transport aircraft on Wednesday crashed near Budgam of Jammu and Kashmir. As per official reports, two dead bodies were found on spot but their identity is yet to be confirmed.

The helicopter a Russian made Mi-17, crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am.

The IAF chopper broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said.

Meanwhile, Official spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted: “In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.

Budgam aircraft is claimed to be the one Pakistan is referring to. The Indian government has vehemently rejected Pakistan’s baseless claims and said “all personnel are accounted for.”

More details are awaited.

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