3 soldiers fall off chopper during Army Day practice


Rope gives way, 3 soldiers fall from sky

Three Army personnel were injured during a security drill at the Army's parade ground in New Delhi. The rope that the jawans were using to eject from the helicopter broke and they fell on the ground.

The accident, a video of which has become viral on social media, occurred on January 9.

Confirming that the soldiers did not suffer serious injuries, the Army officials added that no slithering operations will be performed on the upcoming Army Day.

Two Army jawans were injured during slithering operation.

In a freaky incident on Jan 9, three jawans of the Indian Army got injured during a practice drill ahead of the Army Day on Jan 15.

The helicopter being used for the slithering operation was indigenous Dhruv Advanced Lightweight Helicopters. During the rehearsals in New Delhi, three Army Jawans accidentally fell off from the helicopter. 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 Indian Army has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

"Slithering operations have been suspended till the cause of accident is known".

The Indian Army celebrates Army Day in honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa who took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher on 15 January 1949.

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