India admits Mi-17 helicopter was shot down by own missile in February

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The Indian army chief has finally admitted that the Mi-17 helicopter crashed down because it was shot by its own missile on February 27.

“Court of Inquiry completed and it was our mistake as our missile had hit our own chopper,” Indian Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria told the ANI news agency on Friday.

At least seven people, including Indian six security forces personnel, reportedly died when the Indian helicopter Mi-17 V5 crashed in the Indian occupied Kashmir region.

“We will take action against the two officers. We accept this was our big mistake and we will ensure such mistakes are not repeated in future,” the Indian air chief said.

Initial investigations had already found that Indian air defence had fired a missile shortly before the crash of the Mi17 V5 helicopter at Budgam near Srinagar when India and Pakistan were engaged in a short aerial battle.