Srinagar — An Indian official says an army helicopter has crashed in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing its pilot and co-pilot.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nitin. N. Joshi says the Indian Dhruv helicopter crashed late Wednesday in a forest in the northern Bandipora region.
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The advanced light helicopters are widely used in Kashmir for rescue, relief and reconnaissance missions and they are capable of night flying.
Joshi said the helicopter was on a routine training sortie and a probe has been ordered into the crash.
India and Pakistan each administer a portion of Kashmir but claim the region entirely.