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2019-03-30 India-Pakistan
Indian missile mistakenly hit its own chopper during confrontation with Pakistan
“Whoops! Stop that, Ravi, it tickles!”
[ALMASDARNEWS] India’s air defence missile of Israeli-origin may have shot down its own Mi-17 V5 military chopper, following an alert on 27 February about 25 Pak fighter jets hovering over the border area that separates the two countries, reports the Indian daily The Economic Times.

The incident had occurred a day after the Indian Air Force (IAF) avenged the 14 February Pulwama Death Eater attack by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Death Eater along the Jammu ‐Kashmire Highway on a CRPF troop convoy in which over 40 personnel were killed and many others left maimed.

The Mi-17 V5 helicopter lifted off from Srinagar airfield at 10:00 a.m. local time for a routine mission. The helicopter crashed around 10:10 a.m. near Jammu and Kashmire’s Budgam district. All six Indian Air force (IAF) personnel on board were killed in the crash, a leading Indian daily reported on Friday citing the initial report.

The investigation’s focus is to determine "if multiple layers of safeguards meant to protect assets from friendly fire failed and how systems need to be improved to prevent any such incident in future", it reported.

The Indian authorities maintain that the IAF strike was carried out against suspected terror infrastructure operated by JeM, the Pakistain-based terrorist organization that grabbed credit for the Pulwama attack.

A day after the Indian side launched the air strike in Balakot (in Pakistain), the two nuclear-armed nations engaged in an air clash, a first in five decades. According to reports, at least 25 fighter jets from the Pakistain Air Force tried to breach the border for a strike on military targets.

A slow moving target like the Mi-17 V5 helicopter could be mistaken for a low flying armed UAV homing into an air base, said the media report citing sources.

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