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Aug 30, 2012, 04.20 PM IST
Eight Indian Air Force personnel were killed after two Air Force MI-17 helicopters crashed near Sarmat village in Jamnagar in Gujarat after a mid-air collision on Thursday. There were four people on board each MI-17 helicopter and all of them died in the tragic crash.
One of the helicopters caught fire after the collision, which took place almost 20 kms from the Jamnagar Air Force Station. The helicopters had taken off from the Jamnagar Air Force Base on a routine training sortie.
The villagers, who witnessed the accident, said the two helicopters collided soon after take off and crashed near the village. They added that one of the helicopters turned into a ball of fire after the collision.
The villagers, who witnessed the accident, said the two choppers collided soon after take off from the Jamnagar Air Force Base.
Air Force personnel and police have reached the crash site. Jamnagar municipal corporation fire brigade also reached the spot and brought the fire under control.
"The helicopters left at 12 noon and we got to know at 12:05 pm that both the sorties have crashed. Eight personnel have died in total, there were four in each chopper. The crash happened in the Air Force land, not a residential area," Defence PRO, Gujarat, Captain MG Mehta said.
An IAF spokesperson in New Delhi said that a court of inquiry has been ordered to determine the reasons behind the crash.
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