外文标题：Army's crashed helicopter was on China border sortie
BAREILLY: It has now come to light that Indian Army's ill-fated Cheetah helicopter that crashed on Wednesday, killing three Army officers, was returning from China border after surveillance.
The chopper was returning from a reconnaissance mission at the Indo-China border in Munsiyari, Pithoragarh.
According to informed sources, the chopper had taken off on surveillance after top brass at the Army headquarters in Bareilly received an alert about the build-up of Chinese troops near the border. Intelligence reports indicate that there was also apprehension of firing from both sides.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the three officers were cremated at their home towns in different parts of the country.
It has also come to light that the chopper had taken off from Bareilly at 6.30 am on Wednesday, instead of 7.49 am that was previously stated, and crashed while landing on its return.
Unconfirmed reports also claimed that the helicopter remained in air for more than an hour and 20 minutes and the reconnaissance mission was reportedly mentioned in a report by the authorities here to top army brass, including the Defence headquarters.
Kaushik Bose ()
it's the chinese !!!!
insanity unlimited (Unknown)
is this also because of modi ?
ramesh Gopal (Doha)
This must be investigated thoroughly and action taken so that we do not lose valuable lives.
chandrasekar.p pandian (Chennai)
Very unfortunate accident. The brave officers got killed due to malfunctioning of the helicopter, may their souls rest in peace.
Arabinda Datta ()
KKP Pareek (ncr)
Most unfortunate! Condolences to brave hearts.
Brown American (Unknown)
Did China shoot it down? Is Modi government hiding from the Public? Is Modi Government desperate for $20B investment? What is the truth?
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Sandeep (Location) replies to Brown American
It crashed in Bareilly, so the news appears to be correct. Bareilly is not a stone's throw away from the border.
Chinese must have used some delayed action secret weapon or it must be the scare of Chinese that confused the blackie pilots.