ISLAMABAD: Two army pilots embraced martyrdom on Monday when their helicopter crashed in Siachen, the military said.

“A Pakistan Army aviation helicopter crashed at Siachen. Both pilots Major Irfan Bercha and Major Raja Zeeshan Jahanzeb embraced Shahadat. Search and rescue helicopters and army troops reached incident site,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

According to a military source, a crew member was also martyred in the incident.

The Ecureuil helicopter crashed near 10 Northern Light Infantry Battalion headquarters at Arif Post in Pyon Sector, the source said.

The helicopter was assigned to Force Commander Northern Areas 323 Brigade. It was on a routine visit and crashed while returning to the battalion headquarters after refueling.

Published in Dawn, December 7th, 2021

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