An helicopter of the Indian Air Force made a precautionary landing in an open field in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur this afternoon. The precautionary landing was made after the Dhruv Advance light helicopter developed a technical snag in-flight during a routine training mission, the Air Force said.

“An Advanced Light Helicopter of Indian Air Force was airborne from Air Force Station, Sarsawa on a routine training mission. Approximately 30 NM out of Sarsawa, the helicopter developed a technical snag and carried out precautionary landing South of the airfield.

The actions taken by the pilots were prompt and correct. No damage to any property has been reported. Recovery team was launched immediately from Air Force Station, Sarsawa,” the Indian Air Force said in a statement.

Security officials have cordoned off the area in the open field where the Dhruv Advance light helicopter has landed. Large number of people have gathered to see the chopper.

The Indian Air Force is celebrating its 88th anniversary today when it will showcase it prowess and put its mainstream fighter jets on display. A key highlight this year is the newly-inducted Rafale fighter aircraft that will be featured.

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