When IAF’s MI-17 failed to fly…


When IAF’s MI-17 failed to flyLacking a weather radar,the Indian Air Force chopper failed to evacuate three securitymen who were injured in anti Maoist operation in Jharkhand.Subsequently,a BSF chopper was pressed into service and it airlifted and rescued them.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when inclement weather forced the IAF’s Mi-17 helicopter to abort a mission soon after it took off from Ranchi at 6.20 am and returned to the runway as it did not have the weather radar to fly amid clouds and rains.

Reports said that after an early morning gun fight deep inside the forest in Chatra district,three security men including CoBRA Deputy Commandant PR Mishra, who is considered one of the finest commandos for undertaking anti-naxal operations in the CRPF,were injured.

Since the Mi-17 failed to fly,the BSF’s Dhruv,equipped with a weather radar,flew and airlifted them and facilitated them to get admitted in a private hospital in Ranchi.Mishra was a decorated officer who in his career,had got gallantry awards twice.

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