An Indian Army helicopter crashed in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh on Tuesday but all its crew and passengers are safe, army officials said. An Indian Army helicopter crashed in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh on Tuesday but all its crew and passengers which included the Leh Corps commander and a division commander are safe, army officials said. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident, The Hindu reported. NDTV reported that there have been 19 incidents involving the indigenous Dhruv helicopter.
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The development of the Dhruv was announced in November , and it was subsequently designed with assistance from MBB in Germany. The helicopter first flew in ; however, its development was prolonged due to multiple factors including the Indian Army 's requirement for design changes, budget restrictions, and sanctions placed on India following the Pokhran-II nuclear tests. It has been named after an Indian mythological character, Dhruv , which in Sanskrit means 'unshakeable'. The Dhruv entered service in Military versions in production include transport, utility, reconnaissance and medical evacuation variants. In , following a crash landing of a Dhruv, the entire fleet was grounded when it was discovered to have been caused by excessive vibration of the tail rotor. Following a redesign which incorporated new materials in addition to changes in design methodology, the Dhruv undertook recertification and returned to service shortly after March The HAL Dhruv is of conventional design; about 29 percent of its empty weight constituting 60 percent of the airframe's surface area is composite materials.
An helicopter of the Indian Air Force made a precautionary landing in an open field in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur this afternoon. The precautionary landing was made after the Dhruv Advance light helicopter developed a technical snag in-flight during a routine training mission, the Air Force said. Search and rescue operations to locate a transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force that went missing on Monday started again this morning in the hilly terrain of Arunachal Pradesh. The AN twin-engine turboprop plane took off from Assam's Jorhat with 13 people on board at pm. It was scheduled to land an hour later at a remote military land Women pilots flew high in the skies above the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on Saturday, at the ongoing Aero India air show. All-women crews flew the advanced jet trainer Hawk-i, single-engine turbine-driven chopper Chetak, Advanced Light Helicopter ALH Dhruv as part of the Sarang aerobatic team and the twin-turboprop utility aircraft Dornier When Nirmala Sitharaman got down from a Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter at a forward post close to the Line of Control on Sunday, she became the first Defence Minister to set foot at the army post in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector that has seen numerous action against infiltrators, the Defence Ministry tweeted. Maldives has told India to take back one of the two naval helicopters deployed by New Delhi in the Indian Ocean island chain as a gift, a stand that is seen as a reflection of the strained relationship between the two neighbours.
Speaking on the occasion, HAL CMD, R Madhavan said ALH never looked back from the day when the prototype took its maiden flight on August 30, and has "evolved into a world class helicopter with its unparalleled performance". Following the incident, the Army has suspended slithering operations involving ALH Dhruv till a probe is completed, the sources said. The commission also directed the defence ministry to disclosure reasons why the country chose a refurbished warship in place of purchasing a new one.