Indian Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army Aviation was flying from Leh to Bhimbat when may have lost its direction and violated Pakistani airspace near the Line of Control in Kargil sector in Gilgit-Baltistan. It was forced land at the Ghurmang.
Two Majors, a Colonel and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) onboard the helicopter have been taken into custody by the Pakistan army.
Indian Cheetah helicopter violated the Pakistani airspace at around 1:00 pm PST (Pakistan standard time) and strayed 20 kilometers inside the Pakistani territory.
Spokesperson of the Pakistan army, Major Gen. Athar Abbas has said, “The helicopter had come deep into our airspace. It was forced to land. Four Indian army officers have been taken into safe custody. They are safe.”
The Cheetah SA 315B Lama single-engine, military utility helicopter of the Indian Army Aviation Corps crossed into the Pakistani territory in Olding sector in northern Skardu region around 1:00 p.m (0800 GMT).
Three Indian officers officers, including the pilot and co-pilot, and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) onboard have been taken into custody.