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IAF’s Apache helicopter makes emergency landing in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur

‘All crew onboard the helicopter are safe and there has been no damage to any property,’ said Air Force, adding that the aircraft would be recovered after necessary rectification.

SNS | New Delhi |

Apache helicopter of the Indian Air Force(IAF) made an emergency landing on Friday, on a field in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur. The helicopter took off from Pathankot base earlier but due to some technical glitch it landed in the Budhwar village.

“On April 17, an Apache helicopter of the IAF got airborne from Pathankot airbase. The helicopter, after approx 1 hour of flying had indications of a critical failure and carried out a safe landing in Punjab,” IAF said in a statement.

The newly inducted IAF helicopter made a precautionary landing after warning alert was given in its control panels.

According to IAF the captain of the chopper took correct and prompt actions to recover the helicopter safely.

“All crew onboard the helicopter are safe and there has been no damage to any property,” said Air Force, adding that the aircraft would be recovered after necessary rectification.

Earlier, on Thursday as well, an IAF helicopter made an emergency landing on an expressway in Uttar Pradesh”s Baghpat while it was on its way to supplying COVID 19 test samples of Leh to Chandigarh.

The IAF Cheetah chopper made an emergency landing on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat district. The IAF clarified that the actions taken by the pilots were prompt and correct. “No damage to any property has been reported,” IAF stated.

The IAF aircrafts have been pressed into services in the fight against spread of novel Coronavirus in India.

The Indian Air Force inducted the  Apache AH-64E attack helicopters last year in its arsenal.  Made by United States, AH-64E Apache is one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters in the world.