Casuality Evacuation: Tibba Cave

            Yesterday,
The Siachen Pioneers- 114 HU based at Leh, carried out a daring casevac mission
from the far flung reaches of the Zanskar valley in the Ladakh sector. The
casualty was part of the “Chadar Trek” organised over the frozen Zanskar river.
Inspite of the short notice, the crew got airborne in 40’ of receipt of message.
The mission being in highly inaccessible area called for a two helicopter
mission. This way if one helicopter went down, the other was available for
support. As the coordinates for the site were not available due to poor
communication, the aircrew were faced with the daunting task of searching for
the casualty in the icy mountains and crevices of the Zanskar Valley. Once they
located the casualty  the Capt – Wg Cdr Khan realised that the landing would be
an arduous and dangerous  task due to the terrain in the narrow valley on an
unprepared surface.

 

Undeterred
and in keeping with the motto of the unit-“We do the difficult as routine, the
impossible only takes a little longer”, the crew displayed exceptional skill in
maneuvering the aircraft in an extremely tight space and landed the helicopter
on a rocky outcrop next to a river in between the steep mountains. All this
while the #2 helicopter gave airborne support to his #1. The casualty was
successfully evacuated and brought to Leh- another life saved by the helicopter
of IAF.

 

“The Siachen Pioneers”, Leh
based Helicopter Unit carrying out casevac mission in Ladhak sector, at Leh on
19 Jan 2018. 

 

“The Siachen Pioneers”, Leh
based Helicopter Unit carrying out casevac mission in Ladhak sector, at Leh on
19 Jan 2018. 

 

 

“The Siachen Pioneers”, Leh
based Helicopter Unit carrying out casevac mission in Ladhak sector, at Leh on
19 Jan 2018. 

 

“The Siachen Pioneers”, Leh
based Helicopter Unit carrying out casevac mission in Ladhak sector, at Leh on
19 Jan 2018. 

 

“The Siachen Pioneers”, Leh
based Helicopter Unit carrying out casevac mission in Ladhak sector, at Leh on
19 Jan 2018. 

 

“The Siachen Pioneers”, Leh
based Helicopter Unit carrying out casevac mission in Ladhak sector, at Leh on
19 Jan 2018. 

 

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ARG/BBS

 

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