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Defence forces halt ALH Dhruv fleet operations aftermath of Navy accident

Written by  Shgun S -- March 10th 2023 10:41 PM
Defence forces halt ALH Dhruv fleet operations aftermath of Navy accident

Defence forces halt ALH Dhruv fleet operations aftermath of Navy accident

New Delhi, March 10: Following the accident off the coast of Mumbai two days ago, the defence forces have grounded the ALH Dhruv helicopters until investigators determine the cause of the incident and precautionary checks are completed.

The ALH choppers are operated by the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as the Indian Coast Guard.


"The operations have been halted till the time investigators find out the reason for the incident off the Mumbai coast and precautionary checks are carried out," defence forces' officials said.

The Indian defence forces use the ALH Dhruv choppers for a variety of purposes, including the transportation of men and material.

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"HAL had already initiated steps and will closely work with the customers to ensure that the Helicopters fleet is fully operational," HAL officials.

The ALH Dhruv has become an important part of the helicopter missions undertaken by all three forces involved in the various terrains in which they are deployed.

Defence officials expressed hope that the ALH Dhruv operations would resume soon.

Two days ago, an Indian Navy ALH Dhruv on a routine flying mission off the coast of Mumbai experienced a sudden loss of power and rapid loss of height.

According to the Navy, the pilot performed a controlled ditching over water, and all three aircrews safely exited the helicopter and were recovered as part of a swift rescue operation.

The ditched helicopter had deployed its emergency flotation gear, and salvage efforts are underway.

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