Three Soldiers fall from Helicopter during Practice Drill

Slithering is an exercise where troops are dropped from a helicopter in an area of operation using a rope attached to the chopper. Videograb

Slithering is an exercise where troops are dropped from a helicopter in an area of operation using a rope attached to the chopper. Videograb

Three Army personnel were injured during a security drill at the Army's parade ground in New Delhi. While two army men successfully complete the drill, the third one falls straight to the ground, as the rope slips off the chopper.

The incident is said to have taken place due to the malfunctioning of a slithering boom attached to the helicopter.

"Material failure" appears to be the reason behind the incident, in which three personnel were injured, official sources said.

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According to media reports, the rope with which the soldiers were practising slithering operations broke.

As per reports, the mishap that reportedly occurred on January 9, has raised several questions on the safety parameters being followed by the Indian Army while conducting such rehearsals. None of the soldiers suffered any serious injuries, the Indian Army confirmed.

"Slithering operation ceases for all ALH with immediate effect after the accident".

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An inquiry has been called into the matter and the investigation is in progress.

ALH Dhruv is an indigenously developed helicopter manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

The Indian Army celebrates Army Day in honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa who took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher on 15 January 1949.

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