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Sep 29, 2006 at 04:48pm IST

Army chopper crashes, 3 dead

Nashik (Maharashtra): An Army helicopter, Cheetah, with three personnel on board crashed near Shitiz village, Dhindoli.

The helicopter crashed in a defence area - in the vicinity of the Gandhinagar airstrip - while on a test flight.

Dhindoli is 40 km away from Nashik. Two majors and a technician have been killed in the crash.

CHOPPER CRASH: A Cheetah crashed near Nashik killing two Army majors and a technician.

On Thursday, a MiG-29 fighter aircraft crashed near Ambala Air Base while coming into land, but the pilot ejected safely.

Flt Lft V Naik bailed out as the plane crashed into the paddy fields at about 1600 hrs, IST in Saddopur village, on the Delhi-Ambala-Chandigarh Highway about five km from the Airbase.

The MiG-29 was burst into flames and a tractor standing in the paddy fields was also gutted, District Commissioner O P Langyan said.

While the crop was also destroyed due to the crash, no human loss is reported so far, Langyan said.

The reason of the crash is not yet known and details were awaited, he said, adding that the entire area has been cordoned off.

The pilot, who was rushed to the Air Force hospital in Ambala, is stated to be out of danger.