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五毛网 印度 2017年09月11日 来源:三泰虎

Two generals survive helicopter crash in Ladakh amid high accident rate in armed forces


NEW DELHI: Two Army generals and two other officers had a narrow escape when their Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) crashed almost immediately after taking off in eastern Ladakh on Tuesday afternoon, once again underlining the high crash rate of fighters, aircraft and choppers in the Indian armed forces.


Though the court of inquiry ordered into the incident will establish the exact reason for the crash, sources said pilots reported "loss of the right rudder (which controls the tail rotor) " soon after getting airborne. "Such things happen in super high-altitude regions because helicopters operate at the very limits of their design and flight envelope. Even a sudden gust of wind can change the entire equation," said a military pilot.


While military aviation is certainly inherently dangerous, it's also true that a high crash rate continues to dog the armed forces. Just since 2011, the three Services have lost over 50 aircraft and 22 helicopters have been lost in crashes, in which at least 85 people have been killed.


Incidentally, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had himself emerged unscathed when his single-engine Cheetah helicopter had crashed immediately after taking off from a helipad in Nagaland in February 2015. The Army generally does not allow two generals from travelling together in a single-engine helicopter in high-altitude areas.


The armed forces, on one hand, are making do with the virtually obsolete single-engine Cheetah/Chetak light utility helicopters because of the failure of successive governments to take decisions in time, defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's tardy performance and, of course, recurring corruption scandals in defence deals.

一方面,因为连续几届政府未能及时作出决定,国防PSU印度斯坦航空有限公司的拖延,当然还有在国防交易中反复出现的腐败丑闻,武装部队将就使用过时的单引擎印度豹(Cheetah / Chetak)轻型通用直升机。

On the other, the twin-engine Dhruv helicopters manufactured by HAL have also come under the scanner due to frequent crashes, with the Army alone recording at least 20 accidents since 2002. The armed forces have inducted over 200 Dhruvs since 2002 but the entire fleet has been grounded a few times due to technical snags in the past, which included being found unsuitable for multi-role requirements due to excess weight and limited engine power.


Incidentally,HAL inked yet another contract for 40 additional Dhruvs for the Army and one for the Navy for around Rs 6,100 crore on Monday. This came soon after another deal for 32 Dhruvs for the Navy and Coast Guard was inked with HAL in March.

印度斯坦航空有限公司( HAL) 又签下了另一份合同,为陆军和海军增添40架Dhruvs,其中一架约6100千万卢比给海军。之后不久的三月份,海军和海岸警卫队的与HAL签订了32架Dhruv的合同。


Aam Aadmi-??-???-4 days ago
We support Kashmir. Also well wishes for Indian Army Jawans hope they are in good health.


W B New-India-4 days ago
Concentrate more on quality rather than giving fancy names.


Hello-4 days ago
3 years on and we still facing this problem . thank you modi ji you are so kind just like congress, another reason for me to not vote in 2019 elections. glad to hear my brothers are safe


Santimay Basu-New Delhi-4 days ago
It is heartening to learn that all those in the chopper are safe. Helicopters can be again purchased, but life of the army men are invaluable.


Ravi Patankar-4 days ago
Rather than forcibly going for make in India...we should learn from China...they manufacture their choppers , fighter planes which are safer than Indian stuff. They do reverse engineering on foreign machines without much imported parts yet produce better machines than us. .Scrap DRDO and HAL...privatise our defense industry ..till then import good planes and choppers...dont play with tge lives of our Jawaans.



Sunil Jaijawan Jaikisan-Bangalore-4 days ago
once army gets apaches this sector crash rate will come down


Mrinal-4 days ago
There might be major flaws in Indian made hepter as very frequently these flying machines met with fatal accidents. Thankfully this time there is no loss of human lifes.


Catindia-4 days ago
Thank God. God is greattt. We can get new chopper, not generals and our soldiers.


American Modi member-Weehawken NJ, USA-4 days ago
It will be better if india buys choppers from the US cause indian quality sucks


guru-WORLDWIDE-4 days ago
Indian army holds the record for crashing more aircraft/ helicopters in the world


Amrik Singh-4 days ago
Quality and inequality - Two enemies of India that are hard to overcome


Rama Murti Paluri-4 days ago
If I recall there was a plane accident in the North-East in which few top army commanders died. The then government government stipulated a cluster of senior commanders travel at the same time. In this incident fortunately there were no causalities.


Sandas-4 days ago
why is it always Indian fighter planes and helicopters crash more often


Ivan Bigger-Trump Manor-4 days ago
Time to retire these dhruvs...