INDIAN AIR FORCE CHIEF: “BIG MISTAKE" TO SHOOT DOWN OUR OWN CHOPPER




Selin ATAY-TDO-The shooting down of an Mi-17 V5 helicopter by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on February 27 was a "big mistake", Air Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said today.

The Mi17 V5 chopper was shot down at Budgam near Srinagar on February 27, a day after Indian Air Force fighters went into Pakistani territory and bombed a terror training facility at Balakot. Six IAF personnel and a civilian were killed in the incident, which took place on a day Indian and Pakistani fighter planes exchanged fire along the Line of Control.

"It was a big mistake on our part. We accept it," the Air Chief said, adding that a Court of inquiry had completed its sittings last week. "Our missile hit (the helicopter). This has been established. Administrative action and disciplinary action is being taken. Necessary steps are being taken so such incidents don't repeat," said Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria.

Tensions between India and Pakistan had begun with a bomb attack on the police forces militia force in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir on February 14, in which 44 people were killed.On 26 February, India announced that it had carried out air strikes on targets on the Pakistani side of the Kashmir Line of Control.


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