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Seven killed in Indian Air Force Helicopter crash

Sitapur : A Wing Commander, Squadron Leader, Junior Warrant Officer, Sergeant and an LAC along with two Corporals were killed in the crash. Seven Indian Air Force personnel were killed in a crash of a Dhruv helicopter flying from Bareilly to Allahabad in Sitapur on Friday. The pilot had given a Mayday call (emergency call) but lost radio and radar contact soon after, an Air Force spokesperson said in Delhi. The advanced light helicopter had on board two pilots — a wing commander and a squadron leader — and five air warriors — a junior warrant officer, a sergeant, a leading aircraftman and two corporals. The chopper took off from Bareilly at 3.53 p.m. and crashed around 4.57 p.m., the spokesman said. The Air Force has ordered a court of inquiry and teams have been rushed to the crash site, which is about 160 km from Bareilly and over 90 km from Lucknow. Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sidhauli, A.K. Srivastava said the chopper was engulfed in fire as it crashed at Manipurwa in the Ataria area. District Magistrate, Sitapur, J.P. Singh said the helicopter was heading towards Allahabad.
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