Three army officers killed in UP chopper crash

Lucknow, Oct 1 (IANS) Three army officers were killed when an army helicopter crashed in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district Wednesday morning, officials said.

The Cheetah helicopter took off from Bareilly for a routine sortie. It developed a technical snag and crashed around 8 a.m. in Nakatiya, a rural area of Bareilly and burst into flames.
An earlier report said it was an air force helicopter, but it was later confirmed to be a 23-year-old army chopper.
Major Abhijeet Thapa, 29, Major Vikas Varyani, 29, and Captain Avinash, 26, were killed in the incident, a district official told IANS.
While the major rank officials were the pilot and co-pilot, the captain was from the engineering corp, an official said.
Senior district and army officials rushed to the site and expedited the operations to pull out the bodies of the officers.