The 254 AA, ALH Dhruv helicopter, belonging to Army Aviation crashed near the Ranjit Singh Dam in Pathankot, Punjab around 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday.
The dam is located on the border between Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district and Punjab’s Pathankot district and is about 30 km from Pathankot, from where the chopper had taken off. It crashed with the dam while taking a low-level routine sortie.
Soon after the crash, the army conducted its search operation and confirmed rescuing both the pilot and the co-pilot safely. The Superintendent of Police, Kathua, Surindera Lamba in his statements to the press, confirmed that there were no casualties.
“Both the pilots from the Army Aviation ALH Dhruv helicopter, which crashed in Ranjit Sagar Dam, are safe,” ANI also quoted its army sources.
Some parts of the chopper were floating on the water and it was a cause of concern as ALH Dhruv was a Weapon System Integrated helicopter. However, later it was confirmed that the parts of the chopper were also recovered soon.
“Some of the floating material of the chopper recovered. Specialized forces and divers are conducting rescue operations. Only after divers go into the lake will we know what exactly happened,” had said SSP Lamba.
Army’s search operation in the lake is being assisted by The National Disaster Response Force and the local police. Further reports are awaited.