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3 jawans hurt in freak copter rope mishap

Two Army jawans were injured during slithering operation Two Army jawans were injured during slithering operation
Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 00:48

Three army personnel were injured in a freak accident in a practice drill ahead of Army Day parade, when soldiers displaying slithering operations fell from a helicopter following a malfunction in the craft's boom, to which the ropes were attached, officials said.

According to the Indian Army website, the army showcases parades and other military shows in the national capital New Delhi on the day. The rope that the jawans were using to eject from the helicopter broke and they fell on the ground. As the soldiers start to descent, the rope is seen slipping off the helicopter which results in a free fall.According to media reports, the incident took place on January 9 and the soldiers are now undergoing treatment at Army Hospital Research And Referral in New Delhi.

At least three jawans were injured after a rope slipped off ALH Dhruv helicopter during reharsal for Army Day. If detected by the enemy, the helicopters with soldiers dangling from the rope, are an easy target and the effort always is to avoid such situations, sources said.

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The Indian army has ordered an investigation into the incident. The Army has suspended slithering operations involving the chopper till a probe is completed, sources said.

The "Army Day" is held on January 15 every year in honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

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