An Indian Army Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) made a precautionary landing in Eastern Ladakh area on Sunday, according to local reports.
All onboard including crew and passengers are said to be safe, the reports added.
“All crew and passengers are safe. The landing was done after the pilot felt that there may be some issue in the chopper and took precautions to land”, ANI news agency reported citing unnamed army sources.
The incident came amid the standoff between Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops. The standoff took a violent turn on Monday night which claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army soldiers. According to some reports, there are also causalities in the Chinese side but is not officially released by the Communist government.
This is the first death of soldiers on the disputed boundary since 1975 when four Indian Army Assam Rifles soldiers were shot dead and marks a major escalation in the ongoing stand-off between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
HAL Dhruv ALH is a utility helicopter developed by India’s state-owned aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with assistance from German aerospace manufacturer, MBB.
New variants (Dhruv Mk III & Mk IV) of this twin engine, multi-role, multi-mission helicopter is powered by two Shakti (Safran/Turbomeca Ardiden 1H1) turboshaft engines. The helicopter belongs to 5.5 ton weight class.
The basic Helicopter is produced in skid version and wheeled version. Dhruv is “type –Certified” for Military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC) and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The helicopter made its first flight in 1992 and entered military service in 2002. More than 200 HAL Dhruv have been produced for different customers including foreign ones.