Army soldiers fall from chopper as slithering exercise goes wrong

Two Army jawans were injured during slithering operation

Two Army jawans were injured during slithering operation

A video has been making rounds on social media which shows the jawans sliding down on a rope tied to the chopper.

Three army personnel were injured while carrying out "slithering" operations from an advanced light helicopter (ALH) at the Army's parade ground in New Delhi, official sources said on Thursday.

However, the incident has raised the question on the safety of army soldiers. If detected by the enemy, the helicopters with soldiers dangling from the rope, are an easy target and the effort always is to avoid such situations, sources said.

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"Slithering operation ceases for all ALH with immediate effect after the accident".

According to reports, the incident happened on January 9 in the national capital and the main reason for the accident was the helicopter malfunctioning. All the injured personnel are recovering in hospital, Army said. General Cariappa took over from General Butcher on January 15, 1949. The Army has ordered an inquiry into the matter. It is a practice which army commands usually do while going for an operation in a hostile area. This helicopter is an indigenously developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Army Day is observed on 15 January every year to honour Lieutenant General KM Kariappa, who took over as the first commander-in-chief of the Indian Army on this day.

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