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7 die as Army chopper crashes in Budgam

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Srinagar, Feb 27: Six Air Force officers and a civilian were killed after an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper crashed in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday morning, a senior police officer said.

Visuals showed the wrecked fuselage of the IAF chopper in flames and a large number of villagers standing around it.

The helicopter, a Russian made Mi-17, crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am.

The Mi-17 chopper broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said.

The deceased civilian has been identified as Kifayat Hussain Ganaie, a local resident, while the identity of the IAF personnel is being ascertained, they said.

Earlier, officials in Srinagar had described the downed aircraft as a jet. They said the aircraft broke into two and caught fire immediately.

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