Air Platforms

Court of inquiry finds IAF Mi-17V-5 helo was downed by ‘friendly fire’

27 August 2019

An Indian Air Force (IAF) court of inquiry (CoI) has determined that five IAF officers are to be held responsible for shooting down one of the service’s Mil Mi-17V-5 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters in Indian-administered Kashmir on 27 February, official sources said.

All six IAF personnel aboard the helicopter along with a civilian on the ground were killed in the incident, which occurred outside Kashmir’s summer capital of Srinagar around the time that IAF fighters were engaged in aerial combat with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft near the location.

Official sources told Jane’s on 24 August that the CoI found a group captain, two wing commanders, and two flight lieutenants “blameworthy” for shooting down the Mi-17V-5 with an Israeli-made Spyder surface-to-air missile about 10 minutes after the platform had taken off from Srinagar airport.

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