HAL Accidents

05-Feb-19 IA-2147 HAL Dhruv Thattaguppe, India

Emergency landing in a potato fieldm  No injuries.  Minimal damage, from images... Read more

29-Jun-15 HAL Chetak Ramachandrapuram, India

Precautionary landing due to suspected engine problem.  Engineers checked it over and it returned to base at INS Dega the same evening... Read more

11-Feb-15 HAL Dhruv Ganderbal, India (2F)

Instructor and student killed on night training flight.  Crashed in rocky mountainous area and burnt out... Read more

02-Feb-15 Z3155 HAL Chetak Rangapahar, India

Crashed from 10-12 ft shortly after take off, 4 POB.  Pilots Colonel B K Singh and Major Kshitij not injured... Read more

27-Jan-15 FAE-605 HAL Dhruv Tena, Ecuador

Crashed shortly after take off from Army operations centre at Tena.  All four survived despite helicopter ending upside down and on fire – named as captains Soberon Hernán Alberto Davalos Villacrés and Andrew Ismael Carrillo, Second Sergeant Henry Toapanta Ona and Sergeant Humberto Moreno.  A later press report blamed this accident on a fault with... Read more

13-Jan-15 FAE-603 HAL Dhruv Chongon, Ecuador

Ditched for unknown reason in the Chongón dam reservoir, all POB in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Video of the last stages of the recovery effort can be seen here  A later press report blamed a tail rotor drive shaft problem... Read more

01-Oct-14 HAL Cheetah Bharthaul, India (3F)

Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army taking part in the ongoing military exercise at the Jat Regimetanl Centre (JRC) at Bareilly crashed minutes after take-off killing all three on board.  It had gained only a few hundred metres in height when it caught fire mid-air.  Another report states it was a maintenance flight.  The three... Read more

25-Jul-14 HAL Dhruv Ataria, India (7F)

Emergency declared shortly after take-off, then crashed killing all seven on board.  Copilot named here as Sqn. Ldr. R. Manu... Read more

19-Dec-13 J-4064 HAL Dhruv Yellendu, India

Emergency landing and required maintenance engineer before further flight... Read more

13-May-13 HAL Dhruv Siachen, India

1 serious, 1 minor injury to the 2 POB.  Damage level to helicopter not known... Read more

15-Oct-12 HAL Chetak Dabolim, India (3F)

Crashed on take off from INS Hansa (nr Dabolim) after refuelling en route Mumbai to Bangalore.  Post crash fire.  Another report says landing accident, not take-off... Read more

23-May-12 HAL Chetak Siachen Glacier, India (1F)

Crashed, killing pilot Major Chandrashekhar Singh, shortly after dropping off supplies at a helipad in the Himalayas at an altitude of 19,685ft... Read more

05-Apr-12 HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India

Maoist rebels shot at helicopter (which was on an EMS flight evacuating two injuried people).  Bullet holes confirmed on landing... Read more

15-Jan-12 VT-BSN HAL Dhruv Maha Airport, India

Heavily damaged after crashing from 100ft altitude on take off on a test flight.  Pilot P D Tiwari, Co-pilot also named as P D Tiwari, and technicians Anand Bharti, Pankaj Pal and Subroto Chandra... Read more

19-Oct-11 VT-BSH HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India (3F)

A BSF (Border Security Force) helicopter on anti-Naxal duty crashed on the outskirts of Ranchi today, killing two pilots and a technician on board. The Dhruv was going to Chaibasa from Ranchi when its engine caught fire and it crashed in Khunti jungle, a senior BSF official said.  Aircraft completely burnt out.  Pilot named as... Read more

21-Apr-11 HAL Dhruv Lachung, India (4F)

“Though it seems that the helicopter had crashed owing to the inclement weather, a court of inquiry has been ordered,” quoting the Indian Army.  Deceased quoted at pilots – Lt. Jepa and Lt. Col Bhatia of the Indian Air Force and soldiers Naib Subedar Rana and Naik Panth of 8 Gorkha Rifles... Read more

18-Mar-11 HAL Chetak Allahabad, India

The Chetak helicopter was on a routine sortie from the Bamrauli base, but had to make the emergency landing as a precaution due to a technical defect... Read more

02-Feb-11 HAL Cheetah Nashik, India (2F)

Helicopter crashed into unoccupied building close to an air base used for training by the Indian Army.  Two killed were Major Atul Garje and Captain Bhanu Pratap Gupta... Read more

22-Dec-10 HAL Dhruv Leh, India

Crashed shortly after take-off... Read more

08-Nov-10 HAL Chetak Siachen region, India

The Cheetah helicopter was on a routine air maintenance sortie when the crash landing took place at 0810 hours, IAF sources said in New Delhi. Defence Ministry sources said the two pilots on board the helicopter were injured and were evacuated to Leh for treatment.... Read more

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