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May 08, 2020

Indian Army, IAF helicopters and Indian Army troops evacuated crew in Sikkim


Today a combination of Indian Army and IAF helicopters and Indian Army troopswere pressed into service to undertake a daring evacuation of the crew of IAFhelicopters and Air Dispatch crew, stranded on the icy heights of North Sikkimdue to an emergency landing of IAF helicopters in a remote and inaccessiblearea.        

Evacuation of the four IAF crew and Air Dispatch personnel from a very highaltitude emergency landing site, braving snow blizzards and undulating ground,which required synergy between the helicopters and ground based rescue parties,stands testimony to the spirit of the Armed Forces of India. The rescueoperation demanded pushing to limits, both man and machine, for the successfulextrication of the stranded crew.

The stranded military personnel braved inclement weather conditions for severalhours before being evacuated. Immediately on receipt of information, on 7th May2020, Indian Army rescue columns with personnel of ITBPs too, moved on foot,traversing dangerous terrain in bad weather, to the helicopter landing site toevacuate the individuals and provide medical aid, for which a doctor of theITBP also accompanied.

 Later, a combination of Army and Air Force helicopters were launched atthe stroke of dawn on today, who executed a daring landing on an unpreparedground at an altitude of 15500 ft, and rescued the stranded personnel.

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