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Three IAF men killed in chopper crash in Jharkhand

Pakur: Three Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, including two pilots and a co-pilot, were killed on Saturday when a Chetak helicopter carrying them crashed at a remote place in Jharkhand because of bad weather.

The chopper was on its way to Bagdogra air base from the air force station Kalaikunda in West Bengal when it encountered bad weather and crashed near Sinharsi air base along the border of Pakur and Godda districts of Jharkhand, Eastern Command spokesperson and a senior state police officer told PTI.

The deceased were two pilots and a co-pilot of Chetak, Deputy Inspector General of Police D K Pandey said in Pakur. He said the crash took place in an area under Sundarpahari police station around 4 pm.

The IAF has ordered an inquiry into the incident to ascertain the causes behind the accident, the spokesperson said.

This is the second crash of Chetak in a fortnight. On August 27, a Chetak helicopter had crashed moments after take-off during a training mission at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited airport in Bangalore.

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