Army soldiers fall from chopper as slithering exercise goes wrong

Army soldiers fall from chopper as slithering exercise goes wrong

The soldiers, who fell down on ground from a height of almost 30 feet when the boom (pulley) supporting the rope reportedly gave away at the Army Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment on Tuesday, are reported to be stable.

According to media reports, the rope with which the soldiers were practising slithering operations broke.

Slithering involves soldiers coming down from a hovering helicopter through a rope. The army jawans are undergoing treatment at Army Hospital Research And Referral in New Delhi, IBT reported.

Though the actual reason behind the incident is not clear yet but as per an Army official, the incident happened due to boom malfunction and not due to the rope that was used for the operation.

Army sources said investigation on how the accident occurred is in process. None of the soldiers suffered any serious injuries, the Indian Army confirmed.

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A video shows two soldiers sliding down the rope hanging from Dhruv helicopter. The jawans were preparing for the Army Day celebrations which is going to be held on January 15 in the national capital.

The incident took place on Tuesday and involved an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv.

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

The practice was being held for the upcoming Army Day on January 15.

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