The Indian Air Force (IAF) has recommended gallantry medals for its six personnel who were killed in a helicopter crash after a friendly fire over Srinagar on February 27, a day after the force hit a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
The helicopter Mi-17 V5, which was hit by an Indian missile, was being flown by squadron leader Siddharth Vashisht with other pilot squadron leader Ninad Mandvgane along with other crew including Kumar Pandey, sergeant Vikrant Sehrawat, corporals Deepak Pandey and Pankaj Kumar.
"The two pilots have been recommended to be awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry while the other four crew of the chopper have been recommended for the Mention in Despatches," IAF sources told news agency ANI.
All the six personnel have been recommended for wartime gallantry medals as they were flying during operations to carry out an operational task assigned to them, they said.
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