In a freak accident, three army soldiers fell from a chopper after the rope they were using to slither down snapped.
As per reports, the mishap that reportedly occurred on January 9, has raised several questions on the safety parameters being followed by the Indian Army while conducting such rehearsals.
The incident took place on Tuesday and involved an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv. 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. The Army has suspended slithering operations involving the chopper till a probe is completed, sources said. The army jawans are undergoing treatment at Army Hospital Research And Referral in New Delhi, IBT reported. The jawans, who were performing slithering operation, fell down to the ground after the helicopter boom malfunctioned. The Army Day is celebrated on January 15. The army authorities have called for an investigation into the matter. The slithering operations, which involve troops slipping down a rope usually from a helicopter, is a method used to drop troops in an area of action when a chopper cannot land.
ALH Dhruv is an indigenously developed helicopter manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The jawans were preparing for the Army Day celebrations which is going to be held on January 15 in the national capital.