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Three die in navy chopper crash in Goa

Posted on Oct 15, 04:02PM | IANS

Three people were killed when an Indian Navy helicopter crashed while coming in to land at Goa's Dabolim airport Monday, an officer said.

The victims have been identified as the pilot, Lt. Cdr. D. Singh, co-pilot Lt. Rahul Tiwari and Chief Artificer Harish Krishnan, a naval officer said in New Delhi.

The helicopter, a Chetak, was on a transit flight from Mumbai to Bangalore and was to make a refuelling halt at Goa when it crashed around 10 a.m., the officer said.

Personnel of the Indian Navy and the Airports Authority of India were attempting to clear the wreckage from the runway, which is also used by civilian aircraft.

Dabolim airport is under operational command of the Indian Navy.

A board of inquiry has been ordered into the accident.