Indian Army jawans injured during practice drill

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

At least three Indian Army soldiers were injured after they fell from a helicopter in a freak incident during rehearsals for Army Day celebrations in New Delhi.

A video that has gone viral on social media shows a total of four soldiers sliding down the chopper as part of the slithering operation using a rope which is attached to the aircraft.

In a weird incident on Jan 9, three jawans of the Indian Army got injured during a practice drill ahead of the Army Day on Jan 15. The Army has suspended slithering operations involving the chopper till a probe is completed, sources said.

Soon after the accident, all three injured jawans were immediately taken to the hospital by the Indian Army.

The helicopter being used for the slithering operation was indigenous Dhruv Advanced Lightweight Helicopters.

The Army has more than 100 Dhruv helicopters deployed in all the operational areas including the heights of Jammu & Kashmir and the North-East.

The Indian Army celebrates Army Day in honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa who took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher on 15 January 1949.

An inquiry has been called into the matter and the investigation is in progress. This helicopter is an indigenously developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

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