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A Mi-17 chopper of the Indian Air Force crashed in Jammu Kashmir’s Budgam area today (Wednesday, Feb 27) morning claiming the lives of two pilots.

The chopper crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at around 10:05 a.m, officials said. The reason behind the crash is believed to be a technical fault. The identities of the deceased have yet not been ascertained.

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The crash happened a day after the Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed LoC and destroyed the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps and their control rooms. The IAF used 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets in the operation, which bombed regions like Balakot, Muzaffarabad, Chakothi at around 3:30 am yesterday (Tuesday, Feb 26).

The pre-dawn air strike comes 12 days after the deadly Pulwama attack on Feb 14 which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers.

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Meanwhile, Pakistani jets violated the Indian airspace as it entered the border areas of Nowshera sector in Jammu Kashmir’s Rajouri district, news agency PTI reported.

According to officials, the plane crash is a separate incident and has nothing to do with the Pakistani jets entering Indian airspace. Officials also added that the Pakistani fighter jets that violated Indian air space in Nowshera sector were immediately repelled by IAF jet on air patrol.

More details are awaited.

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