Three soldiers injured while slithering down from chopper

Two Army jawans were injured during slithering operation

The accident occurred on January 9 in the national capital after the slithering boom that was supposed to hold the rope broke off from the Advanced Light Helicopter during the drill.

At least three Indian Army soldiers were injured after they fell from a helicopter in a freak incident during rehearsals for Army Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Slithering is an exercise where troops are dropped from a helicopter in an area of operation using a rope attached to the chopper. The soldiers are reported safe and are undergoing treatment at the Army Hospital Research and Referral in New Delhi. The accident happened when the army men were descending from the chopper by means of a rope; the rope broke down abruptly and the soldiers plummeted to the ground. If detected by the enemy, the helicopters with soldiers dangling from the rope, are an easy target and the effort always is to avoid such situations, sources said.

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

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"Slithering operations have been suspended till the cause of accident is known".

The incident raises questions on the safety measures taken for the execution of such drills.

The Indian Army holds the event in the honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.