A Mi-17V5 helicopter from the Indian Air Force crashed on February 27 in Badgam County, Jammu-Kashmir, killing seven people, including six servicemen, the website ThePrint reported Wednesday. According to senior sources, after a detailed investigation by the Indian Air Force, it was confirmed that the helicopter crashed after being hit by fire from the Indian side.
A source said: The investigation court found that the crash was caused by a system defect. Two officers, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO), will be blamed.
It is reported that the crash happened during the fighting between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistani Air Force over Nawshera, about 100 kilometers from Badgam County. The investigation confirmed that the Mi-17V5 helicopter was actually shot down by the Israeli Spyder air defense missile system equipped by the Indian Air Force after a mistake in command and control. In a report on March 31, ThePrint suspected that the cause of the crash of the Mi-17V5 helicopter was probably attacked by friendly fire.
After nearly six months of detailed investigation, the accident investigation report was submitted to the Air Force headquarters earlier this month. It was left to Marshal Byron Singh Danoya, Chief of Staff of the Indian Air Force, to determine what punishment the personnel involved would receive to bring the incident to a close. Reported that the officers involved may face military court proceedings, another source said: Please rest assured that the punishment will be very severe. Sources told The Print website on June 21 that the COOs and SATCOs involved may be tried in military courts, while the other two officers involved may face operational restrictions.
Sources said that the Mi-17V5 helicopter was hit by a missile near the air base, but it had actually contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC). A source said: ATC keeps in touch with the helicopter and knows it is returning. However, the weapon operators opened fire on the Mi-17V5 because they thought it was a drone coming to them. There is no coordination at all between ATC and weapon operators.
It is reported that the Indian Air Force has deployed an integrated air command and control system in Bernara, whose mission is to monitor aircraft from Pakistan. But at the time of the incident, the system did not mark the helicopter as red representing the enemy aircraft. In addition, the helicopters IFF is in a closed state, which is also the reason why it was attacked by fire. Sources said that although the Air Force headquarters instructed the IFF to remain open, because the IFF would interfere with the data transmission of civilian aircraft when it was opened, the enemy could easily identify its own fighter aircraft in wartime, so Srinagar Air Force Base chose to close it. A source said: This shows that the helicopter crashed because of a system defect. The rules were not observed. Chief Operating Officer (COO) was the main person responsible at that time.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Lin Chiheng_NY9285