IAF Mi-17V5 Crashed Near Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)-CDS Onboard

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As far as my recollection goes, this is only the second high profile air accident in the Nilgiris.

The last one happened way back in 1950.

How come a top of the line pilot qualified to fly VVIP's flies a fully loaded(fuel) chopper straight into a hillside?

As per standard flying protocol, they are known to ascend to a certain height and fly in a line till they reach Wellington in order to avoid flying into a hill because of the local topography and sudden changes in weather conditions.

This is like your typical Sanjay Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot like mysterious deaths.
Going by this logic, this Controlled Flight Into Terrain will not happen to anyone anywhere because they follow a pre-decided fixed path that has sufficient altitude to clear any terrain. That is not how it works. The chopper was on its final approach to Wellington. The pilot had to negotiate a valley and turn right to get to Wellington. There is terrain all around. They use visual flying to navigate this. Now once in the cloud, the pilot suffers spatial disorientation. That is he lost where he is what is his relative position wrt the terrain. Probably a wrong control stick move taking the chopper that struck a tree(1st sound) which caused loss of control and subsequent crash(2nd sound). Now a sabotage angle is only possible
1) if the planners manipulated the thoughts and decision making ability of the pilot through some telepathy since the chopper has no other terrain warning equipment to aid the pilot and hence mislead him. The Mi 17 has to he flown visually. Hence the 2nd) possibility of sabotage is the pilot himself has grudge on BiRa or other passengers so he decides for a suicide crash( Both were sarcasm lol) . So forum members, alteast show some critical thinking abilities before blabbering absurd things in the forum. Minimum quality of posts should be maintained
 

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Thumb rule 95% of crashes happen because of pilot mistake . We cannot expect this mistake from the best of our pilots especially esp when they are doing critical missions
@vishnugupt is right ..UNAF lacks professionalism and they have mamoth ego or else why we are hearing same news again and again .
There is no such thing as 'the best of our pilots'. Everyone can have an off day at work. The mentality of being better than others is what can make a macho pilot. I can bet that if the IAF had deployed new pilots to carry the CDS that day, this crash wouldn't have happened. Someone with lesser experience would play safer with bad weather than someone who is too experienced.
 

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Possible that this report is only for public consumption, and the real reason is something else ? And not being revealed for opsec or natsec reasons ?
 

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Possible that this report is only for public consumption, and the real reason is something else ? And not being revealed for opsec or natsec reasons ?
No conspiracy theories, please. CFIT is a very common and known occurrence in aviation, especially when it comes to choppers. What smells like shit and looks like shit is usually just shit.
 

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