Indian Coast Guard Helicopter Crash Lands at Cochin Airport
© AFP 2023 PRAKASH SINGHIndian Air Force (IAF) "Dhruv" helicopters perform formation manoeuvers during the Air Force Day parade to mark the IAF's 72nd anniversary at the Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi, 08 October 2004.
© AFP 2023 PRAKASH SINGH
The Indian Navy temporarily suspended the use of he Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv helicopters earlier this month, after one of those aircraft on 8 March had to perform an emergency landing on water because of a malfunction.
Two pilots were injured after a coast guard ALH Dhruv Mark 3 helicopter crashed near Cochin International Airport in Kochi, Kerala on Sunday around 12:30 (Indian Standard Time) (07:00 GMT).
Coast Guard Helicopter Crashes In Kochi Airport , No Casualties pic.twitter.com/9DITlrxObB— Snake Eyes ☠️ (@SnakeEyesOS) March 26, 2023
🔴An incident of forced landing of an ALH Dhruv Mark 3 helicopter of the Indian Coast Guard today took place in Kochi while the pilots of the force were testing the chopper. The chopper was at around 25 feet height when it had to make a forced landing. The ICG is working towards… pic.twitter.com/GCUpdKdg08— IDU (@defencealerts) March 26, 2023
"The forced landing of a helicopter of the Indian Coast Guard today took place in Kochi while the force pilots were testing the vehicle. The helicopter was at around 25 feet when it had to make a forced landing. The ICG is working towards resuming the ALH Dhruv fleet to work," the ICG officer said in a statement.
It is not yet known what caused the forced landing. After the incident, the airport was closed, and flights were either diverted or cancelled.
As well as the ICG, the ALH helicopters are used by all three defense forces - the Army, Navy, and Air Force.