Indian Army pilot killed on birthday after training team’s helicopter crashes in Bhutan

An Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT) helicopter crashed in Eastern Bhutan on Friday, killing the two pilots on board.

One of the pilot was from the Indian Army and the other was from the Bhutanese Army.

The pilot of the Indian Army who died was identified as Lieutenant Colonel Rajneesh Parmar. Today was his birthday.

The Bhutanese pilot who training with Lt. Colonel Rajneesh Parmar was identified as Captain Kalzang Wangdi.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the the crash occurred around 1 pm near Yongphulla in Bhutan.

Their helicopter, a Chetak was believed to have gone out of radio and visual contact around that time. It was on its way from Khirmu in Arunachal Pradesh to Yongphulla on duty.

The ground-level search and rescue operations were launched immediately and the wreckage was located.