Indian Air Force chief Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria (who has taken charge recently ) acknowledged that the Mi-17 chopper crashed on February 27 , the same day of the dogfight between Pakistani and Indian jets , was a “big mistake” on part of our airforce. This was reported by Indian media.
The Mi-17 helicopter crashed at Budgam, near Srinagar, and resulted in the deaths of six air force personnel. A surface-to-air missile of the Indian Air Force had dropped the Mi-17 aircraft mistakenly when they thought it was a Pakistani chopper. a high-level investigation had implied as an inquiry to the incident in which they accepted their fault amidst the previous denials.
The Indian side acknowledged the crash at that time but initially didn’t mention of it in official statements. The Pakistani military, meanwhile, acknowledged the aerial battle over Nowshera but said its fighters were not involved in the chopper incident.
“Mi17 V5 is one of the strongest choppers in service across the world and is not usually prone to technical faults of catastrophic nature,it may survive the weather conditions ” Indian newspaper The Economic Times had reported in March. “Eyewitness reported that a loud explosion was heard in the air before the chopper crashed in a trail of smoke, indicating a possible catastrophic external event contributed to the incident.”
Speaking to the media on Friday, Bhadauria said “it was our mistake as our missile had hit our own chopper”.
India has recently appointed a new airforce chief Rakesh Kumar Bhadauriya who furthermore said in a video that we were and are ready to fight with Pakistan. He said induction of Rafale jets will be a game changer and it will give edge to India over China and Pakistan.
An inquiry into the accident had indicated several lapses leading to the tragedy, said the publication: “For instance, the inquiry had faulted the air traffic control for calling back the helicopter as air engagement between Indian and Pakistani fighters intensified.