Indian Army, IAF helicopters and Indian Army troops evacuated crew in Sikkim

Immediately on receipt of information, on May 7 , Indian Army rescue columns with personnel of ITBPs too, moved on foot, traversing dangerous terrain in bad weather, to the helicopter landing site to evacuate the individuals and provide medical ai...

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Guwahati: A combination of Indian Army and IAF helicopters and Indian Army troops were pressed into service to undertake a daring evacuation of the crew of IAF helicopters and Air Dispatch crew, stranded on the icy heights of North Sikkim due to an emergency landing of IAF helicopters in a remote and inaccessible area.

P Khongsai Public Relation Officer (Defence) Guwahati stated, “Evacuation of the four IAF crew and Air Dispatch personnel from a super high altitude emergency landing site, braving snow blizzards and undulating ground, which required synergy between the helicopters and ground based rescue parties, stands testimony to the spirit of the Armed Forces of India. The rescue operation demanded pushing to limits, both man and machine, for the successful extrication of the stranded crew”

He said that the stranded military personnel braved inclement weather conditions for several hours before being evacuated.


Immediately on receipt of information, on May 7 , Indian Army rescue columns with personnel of ITBPs too, moved on foot, traversing dangerous terrain in bad weather, to the helicopter landing site to evacuate the individuals and provide medical aid, for which a doctor of the ITBP also accompanied.

Later, a combination of Army and Air Force helicopters were launched at the stroke of dawn on May 8, who executed a daring landing on an unprepared ground at an altitude of 15500 ft, and rescued the stranded personnel.

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