A Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter crashed in Siachen. As a result, two pilots embraced martyrdom, confirmed Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement, Monday.
Major Irfan and Major Raja Zeeshan Jahanzeb were martyred in the incident, stated the ISPR.
“Search and rescue helicopters and army troops have reached the incident site,” the statement added. The reasons for the crash are still unknown.
Important to note, last year, a Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter crashed during a casualty evacuation in the Minimarg area of Astore District in Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to reported details, the helicopter was evacuating the body of shaheed (martyred) soldier Sepoy Abdul Qadeer to CMH [Combined Military Hospital] Skardu when it faced a technical failure.
Pilot Major M Hussain, Co-Pilot Major Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam, and Sepoy Muhammad Farooq faced martyrdom.
Young pilot from Peshawar dies in crash
In a similar incident, a pilot from Peshawar died in a gyrocopter crash nearly three days ago.
The officials said the licensed pilot, Qazi Ajmal, took off from Karachi. However, his gyrocopter crashed in the Awaran district, leaving him dead on the spot three days ago.
According to Balochistan Wildlife Department official Amanullah Sajidi, Ajmal’s tiny aircraft crashed into the mountains near the coastal area of the province.
#QaziAjmal flew his #Heli from Karachi 3 days ago and went missing while flying in #KundMalir area. #BalochistanWildlife has confirmed that the heli crashed at Poldat, whose wreckage and the body of the pilot were found. Qazi Ajmal's heli crashed into a mountain.@flightradar24 pic.twitter.com/fJBwPqYyEn
— Afzal Nadeem Dogar (@GeoDogar) December 5, 2021
Meanwhile, Qazi’s family claimed that he went to Balochistan to participate in a festival for ten days. However, he received a phone call while in Hingol National Park asking him to leave the area immediately “as an attack on him could take place anytime”.
Therefore, he left in his aircraft at night. His family while demanding an investigation into the incident said Ajmal was compelled to fly at night time which caused the crash.
The family said they received the body of the pilot on Sunday morning.