Pakistan and India have not been on good terms for the past year or so, far from it in fact. It all started with a Jaish-e-Muhammad attack on an Indian convoy of soldiers which led to a dog fight between India and Pakistan. Both countries attempted bombings but the specific details are biased on both sides which makes it difficult to believe what actually happened until one of the countries comes forward explaining what actually happened.

Well, that’s exactly what has happened! Indian Airforce Chief Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria has admitted that the dogfight between Pakistan and India on February 27 included the Indian Airforce accidently shooting down one of their own. A surprise acknowledgement to the events of that day, it clears the air for what actually went down that day, with both countries claiming that there were casualties and damage done but the only concrete evidence that was present at that time was the catching of Indian commander Abhinandan which was returned to India as a peace gesture but after which little peace prevailed.

Detailing the events, we come to know that it was an MI-17 crash at Srinagar which resulted in the deaths of six air force personnel. A surface to air missile was the cause of the plane going down and the missile also belonged to the Indian Air Force, followed by a catastrophe of sorts.

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The Economic Times of India was reported in March

Mi17 V5 is one of the sturdiest choppers in service across the world and is not usually prone to technical faults of catastrophic nature,Eyewitness reported that a loud explosion was heard in the air before the chopper crashed in a trail of smoke, indicating a possible catastrophic external event contributed to the incident

The court of Inquiry an India has now completed the investigation and here are the results stated by the Chief

it was our mistake as our missile had hit our own chopper. Court of Inquiry has completed […] we will take action against the two officers. We accept this was our big mistake and we will ensure such mistakes are not repeated in the future. Ideally the helicopter should have been sent away to safer zone instead of it being called back to the base. Also, the incoming helicopter should have been vectored to the pre-designated zone that is meant for friendly aircraft to hold till the alert was called off.All bases have designated airspace for friendly aircraft in case of an air defence alert

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