Army helicopter drowns in Ranjit Sagar Lake near Basohli in J&K’s Kathua district


Jammu: An Indian Army helicopter on Tuesday morning crashed near Ranjit Sagar Dam lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

An Army spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said the details are awaited. A search team has been sent to the area.

Sources said that the helicopter of the 254 Army Aviation Squadron took off from Mamun Cantt at 10:20 am and it was on a routine sortie over the area when it crashed and drowned into the artificial Ranjit Sagar lake on Ravi river at village Purthu near Basohli.

The dam is located about 30 km from Pathankot in Punjab. However, the helicopter fell into the river waters falling on Jammu Kashmir side.

Senior officials from civil and police administration rushed to the spot to launch rescue operations as the news about helicopter crash came in. Army too has sent its teams to the area.

Army divers from Punjab and Jammu Kashmir launched rescue operations, but there were no clues about people on board. They, however, found two helmets and some other material.

Sources said that a special team of Army divers from Delhi has been rushed to the site to launch rescue operations.