Army plane crash kills three Indian officers

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Army plane crash kills three Indian officers

Another policeman was critically injured in the crash that happened in the Sukna district of West Bengal in a military camp, a spokeswoman of the Eastern Command of the Indian Army said.

Three army officers were killed Wednesday after their five-seater Cheetah helicopter crashed while landing in eastern India, a defence official said. "It crashed near the helipad inside the army base as it was trying to land", the spokeswoman said.

A JCO was evacuated and admitted to a hospital in a critical condition. As per the report of India Today, the wives of several army personnel had demanded that the Chetak and Cheetah helicopters of the Army's aviation unit be phased out as they have been involved in a number of incidents.

"Three officers died in the crash". Lt. Col. Kumar was a passenger. However, the two pilots and an army official, fortunately, escaped unhurt according to t NDTV. Mechanical failure was suspected to be the cause of the crash, Asian News International (ANI) agency reported, citing the army. On February 19, 2010, a MIG-21 crashed near Bagdogra air force base. All these incidents took place in north Bengal.

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