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At least 7 feared dead after IAF Mi-17 chopper crashes in J&K’s Budgam

Budgam Mi-17 chopper crash: The crash took place in Garend Kalan village of Budgam at around 10.40 am. At least seven persons were killed in the incident, sources told The Indian Express.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 27, 2019 5:14:20 pm
An IAF Mi-17 chopper crashed in Budgam area of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi) An IAF Mi-17 chopper crashed in Budgam area of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

At least one civilian and six Indian Air Force personnel were killed after a Mi-17 chopper crashed near Garend Kalan village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam this morning, sources told The Indian Express. The chopper crashed in an open field in Budgam around 10.05 am, officials told news agency PTI.

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One of the deceased has been identified as Kifayat Hussain Ganaie, a local resident, while the identity of the remaining are being ascertained, officials told PTI.

Earlier, officials in Srinagar had described the downed aircraft as a jet. They said the aircraft broke into two and caught fire immediately.

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