AGENCIES, Hoshiarpur: One of the recently inducted Apache AH-64E attack helicopters of the Indian Air Force on Friday made a precautionary landing at a village in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district. The pilots — flight Lieutenant Anoop and flight Lieutenant Rajatof are reported to be safe.
“On 17 April , an Apache helicopter of the IAF got airborne from Pathankot Airbase. The helicopter, after approx 1 hour of flying had signalled critical failure and carried out a safe landing west of Indora, Punjab. The captain of the aircraft took correct and prompt actions to recover the helicopter safely. Crew on board the helicopter are safe and there has been no damage to any property. The aircraft will be recovered after necessary rectification,” the IAF said in a statement.
This is the first incident involving the latest helicopters imported by the IAF from the United States. India inked a $ 1.1-billion deal with US defence giant Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apaches.