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India admits to mistakenly shooting one of its helicopters

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Eight months after the crash of an Indian helicopter in Kashmir, which cost the lives of six soldiers, the country’s army admitted to being at the origin of this tragedy that occurred in full clash with the Pakistani army.

The Indian army admitted Friday Friday (October 4th) that it mistakenly shot one of its own helicopters in Kashmir in February , reports NDTV, adding that the investigation was completed in late September.

“It was our fault that our missile hit our helicopter,” Indian Air Force Chief Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria told a news conference.

He added that measures would be taken to prevent this kind of mistake from happening again in the future. Two soldiers will also have to appear in court.

The Mi-17 helicopter crashed on 27 February as Indian and Pakistani fighter jets clashed in the skies of Kashmir amid a serious crisis between the two nuclear powers.

The investigation showed that the aircraft was shot down ten minutes after take-off by a missile from the Indian Spyder system, with the military mistaking it for a Pakistani missile.

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