Air Force's Apache Helicopter Makes Precautionary Landing In Madhya Pradesh

Officials said that a major accident was averted due to the presence of mind of the pilot.

New Delhi:

Air Force's Apache helicopter today made an emergency landing in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind. Officials said that the pilot noticed a technical fault in the chopper, and decided to make a precautionary landing.

"Due to the presence of mind of the pilot, a major accident was averted," officials said.

Precautionary landing means there could have been some minor issues, due to which the aircraft was landed as a precaution, officials said.

Some videos went viral on social media platforms in which a number of people were seen gathered near the chopper.

The incident took place at around 8.45 am, the IAF spokesperson said. No harm was caused to any person or material, he said, adding the aircraft is being currently examined. The helicopter will be flown out shortly.

"An Apache AH-64 helicopter of the IAF carried out a precautionary landing near Bhind, during  routine operational training. All crew and the aircraft are safe. The rectification party has reached the site," the Indian Air Force said in a tweet.

The AH-64 Apache is the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopter. The Indian Air Force has a fleet of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, and in 2020, Boeing signed an agreement for the acquisition of six more Apache helicopters for the Indian Army.