Army soldiers fall from chopper as slithering exercise goes wrong


As the soldiers start to descent, the rope is seen slipping off the helicopter which results in a free fall.According to media reports, the incident took place on January 9 and the soldiers are now undergoing treatment at Army Hospital Research And Referral in New Delhi. All the injured personnel are recovering in hospital, Army said.

In a freakish incident on Jan 9, three jawans of the Indian Army got injured during a practice drill ahead of the Army Day on Jan 15. On Tuesday, while the three were slithering down from an advanced light helicopter, the rope attached to the chopper appeared to have snapped midway.

It occurred due to the malfunction of the boom in the helicopter.

However, the incident has raised the question on the safety of army soldiers.

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The sources said a separate inquiry on technical aspects of the incident has also been ordered.

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

The Army came out with responses only after a video of the shocking incident surfaced in the social media on Wednesday night. "An investigation is in progress", said an Army officer.

The Army Day commemorates the day when General (later Field Marshal) KM Carriappa took over the command of Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence. This helicopter is an indigenously developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).