Indian Navy helicopter crashes in Kochi; one killed

Chetak Helicopter. File photo: PTI

Kochi: A navy official was killed when the Chetak helicopter crashed here on Saturday noon. Manorama News reported that the naval official who was on the runway was killed after being hit by the rotor blades of the chopper.

The deceased is identified as ground staff Yogendra Singh from Madhya Pradesh. The South Naval Command has ordered a probe into the accident.

Yogendra Singh, who lost his life in the chopper accident. Photo: X/@indiannavy

“A Chetak helicopter met with a ground accident today during maintenance taxi checks at INS Garuda, Kochi, resulting in the unfortunate loss of life of one ground crew. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident,” informed the Indian Navy.

The accident took place on the INS Garuda runway at the South Naval Command headquarters here around 2.30 pm. Initial reports claimed that two people including the pilot of the chopper sustained injuries in the accident. The duo are undergoing treatment at Sanjeevani Hospital at the naval headquarters.

Kochi Harbour police have rushed to the spot following the accident. 

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