IAF Chief Admits Shooting Down Mi-17 Chopper Was A ‘Big Mistake’

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Rakesh Singh Bhadauria
The Indian Air Force Chief on Friday said the IAF shooting down of its own Mi-17 chopper in Kashmir was a “big mistake”.

Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria, commenting on the shooting down of the Mi-17 V5 chopper at Budgam in J&K on February 27 in which six IAF personnel and a civilian were killed, said: “It was a big mistake on our part. We accept it. Our missile hit (the helicopter). This has been established. Administrative action and disciplinary action is being taken. Necessary steps are being taken so such incidents don't repeat.”

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A surface-to-air missile of the IAF brought down the Mi-17 V5 chopper in Kashmir's Budgam on the morning of February 27, a day after IAF fighters went into Pakistani territory and bombed a terror training facility in Balakot.

The Mi-17 chopper broke into two and caught fire immediately.

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