Indian Air Force jet crashes in Budgam, one killed

According to reports the plane crashed due to a technical fault. Kashmir Observer

A civilian Kifayat Ahmad Ganaie (30) son of Mohammad Ramzan Ganie and two IAF pilots were earlier killed due to the crash.

Some of the flights en route to Jammu, Leh and Srinagar airports have been diverted to their origin stations, officials added.

According to the local source, the Mi-17V-5 helicopter of Indian Air Force crashed near Budgam, 7 km from the Srinagar International Airport. On 14 February, 2019, more than 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in Pulwama after a terrorist rammed his explosive-laden SUV auto into the convoy of security forces.

Meanwhile, Pakistani jets violated the Indian airspace as it entered border areas of Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Wednesday, PTI reported.

"PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace", military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted Wednesday.

The chopper broke into two and caught fire immediately.

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"The craft nearly crashed into the houses but it finally fell into the field few feet away from our homes", said Ghulam Ahmed, using the urdu word "jehaz" - which applies to all kinds of aircraft.

Indian Air Defence Systems have been put of maximum alert. A "technical fault" is said to be the reason behind the crash.

The latest civilian casualties came a day after tensions escalated sharply following a pre-dawn air strike by India that New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp. The attack was confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. The region is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety.

Pakistan condemned the move, saying it reserved the right to respond to the incursion at a time and place of its choosing.

"Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC (Line of Control) and Completely destroyed it", India's minister of state for agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, said on Twitter.

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