An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter carried out hard-landing at INS Rajali, an Indian naval air station located near Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu, at 0904 hrs on Oct. 1, 2018.
According to a statement from the Indian Navy, the helicopter, with a frame number of 442, was undertaking a routine training sortie of ‘Dry Winching’ when it performed the crash landing.
The station rescue team reached the site within minutes of the incident. The crew is safe and no other casualty has been reported. The incident is being investigated to ascertain the cause of the hard landing.
HAL Chetak is the Indian designation of the Aérospatiale Alouette III single-engine, light utility helicopter manufactured by Indian state-owned company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under a licensing arrangement with French state-owned aerospace manufacturer, Aérospatiale. The helicopter was originally developed by French aircraft company Sud Aviation.
In excess of 300 HAL Chetak rotorcraft have been manufactured to date; the majority of these were acquired for military purposes with the Indian Armed Forces, who have used them to perform various mission roles, including training, transport, CASEVAC (casualty evacuation), communications and liaison roles.
In 2017, the Chetak was reportedly serving as the most widely used Indian Air Force helicopter for training, light utility and light attack roles.
During the 2010s, the Chetak is being gradually replaced by the newer HAL Dhruv in the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Navy is currently in process of procuring a replacement for the type.