New Delhi: The destiny of two Indian Military pilots, one a lieutenant colonel and one other a captain, was not recognized after their Rudra helicopter crashed into the Ranjit Sagar Dam lake close to Pathankot on Tuesday (August 3), whilst search and rescue crews recovered the wreckage of the chopper together with some pilot gear, officers aware of the event mentioned.
The gadgets recovered by search events included chopper skids, gasoline tanks, stabilizer, helmets and the identification card of one of many two pilots, mentioned one of many officers cited above.
The Rudra helicopter, constructed at Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL), was finishing up a coaching sortie that concerned low-level flying over the lake, mentioned a second official.
The Rudra, being a military helicopter, didn’t have an emergency flotation gear (EFG) and the crew was unlikely to be carrying life preservers, mentioned commander KP Sanjeev Kumar (retd), a navy aviation skilled and former experimental check pilot.
“If the helicopter is working inside gliding distance of shore/land, life preservers, EFG and life raft will not be mandated. Often, such helicopters could also be required to function over water. That is ‘danger publicity’, he mentioned.