IAF chief Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria has confessed the Mi-17 chopper crash on February 27 has been a”big mistake” within their aviation. The wreck had abandoned six IAF employees dead. Talking to the press Friday, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria stated,”Court of Inquiry has completed and it was our mistake as our missile had hit our own chopper.
From the accident, the Indian Air Force dropped six employees if their chopper was struck by its SPYDER air defence missile over Budgam. Bhadauria also stated,”Rafale and S-400 Air Defence missile system will further bolster the capability of the Indian Air Force.
“It had been noted that the IAF Court of Inquiry has discovered five officers accountable to the crash of a helicopter over Srinagar on February 27 when India and Pakistan were engaged in a brief conflict. This is a day following IAF jets ran airstrikes in Pakistan’s Balakot and ruined Jaish-e-Mohammed terror decks and Pakistan attempted to retaliate by sending fighter jets towards the Indian side.
The fateful Mi-17 helicopter has been shot down with an Indian missile when Indian air defences were on high alert after the February 26 Balakot airstrike which targetted a camp in Pakistan. The helicopter crashed nearby Budgam, killing all six Indian Air Force staff.
The Mi-17 V-5 chopper belonged to the 154 Helicopter Unit also it crashed after taking off while the Indian fighter jets were included in an aerial dogfight with Pakistani jets. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was part of the dogfight.