9 killed as IAF choppers collide in India

9 killed as IAF choppers collide in India
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Nine personnel of the Indian Air Force (IAF) died and one was injured when two MI-17 choppers of the Force collided mid air near Air Force Base in Jamnagar, Gujarat, APA reports citing Hindustan Times.

The incident occurred outside the civilian area near Sarmat village, 16 km from Jamnagar city on Khambhalia highway.

Group Capt MG Mehta confirmed that a total of nine persons died in the accident, defense PRO in said in Ahmedabad. He said the incident happened around 12:30pm.

Those killed included four pilots and co-pilots and air warriors of the Air Force.

Sources said that a chopper touched the electric wires while flying and that might have resulted into fire.

The choppers that collided were MI-17 of the Indian Air Force which were on training exercise. Nine were on board two choppers, which collided mid air and then crashed.

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