At least two Pakistan Army officers were martyred on Monday when their helicopter crashed on the Siachen glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, the military media wing said Monday.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a Pakistan Army helicopter crashed in Siachen where two officers of the Pakistan Army, Major Irfan Bercha and Major Raja Zeeshan Jahanzeb, embraced Shahadat.
The Pakistan Army launched a rescue operation and troops have reached the spot.
According to the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) provincial government, the accident took place in Ghanche District in which two Pakistan Army pilots were martyred. GB Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid while expressing sorrow over the incident said that he offered condolences to the families of Major Irfan and Major Zeeshan who were martyred in the accident.
Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has also expressed sorrow and regret over the helicopter crash in Siachen. The Interior Minister has expressed his condolences to the families of martyred and said that Allah Almighty accept the sacrifices of the martyrs. Sheikh Rashid said that all our prayers and sympathies are with the families of the martyrs.
It may be recalled that in December last year, four soldiers were martyred when a Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter crashed in Minimarg area of Astor district of Gilgit-Baltistan. This year, a Pakistan Air Force fighter jet crashed during a training flight, but the two pilots on board managed to land safely.
A similar accident occurred in 2016 when a Pakistan Army helicopter crashed near Tarbela during a training flight, killing the helicopter’s flying officer, Lt. Col. Tauqeer.
In May 2015, a Pakistan Army helicopter crashed during a landing in the Naltar area of Gilgit-Baltistan, killing seven people, including two pilots and two foreign ambassadors. In August of the same year, a military helicopter crashed in Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, killing 12 people, including the two pilots.
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