Two pilots and a civilian were killed on Wednesday when a chopper of the IAF crashed near the Garend Kalan village of Budgam district in the central Kashmir. Sources said that the chopper MI-17 had crashed due to some technical snag.

Police said that two bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the helicopter that had caught fire.

An official statement about the crash from the defence authorities was awaited. A court of enquiry has been ordered into the mishap.

Reports said that a 30 years old civilian, Kifayat Ahmad Ganaie, who was standing there was killed as the helicopter crashed. Three other villagers had a miraculous escape.

A large number of villagers reached the crash spot and the police and Army dispersed them. The fuselage of the helicopter was burning when it fell down in an open area.

The crash has come a day after the IAF targeted terrorist training camps in Pakistan. The Pakistan Air Force violated the Indian airspace this morning and dropped bombs near four military installations.