Speaking about the friendly fire incident which resulted in the accidental downing of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter, resulting in the loss of lives of six IAF personnel and one civilian. The newly appointed Air force Chief Air Marshall RKS Bhadauria has said it was a “Big mistake on our part. We accept it.” The airforce’s top officer has stated that a court of inquiry had completed its sitting last week. “Our missile had hit the helicopter, this has been established. Administrative action and disciplinary action is being taken.”
The friendly fire incident took place at around the same time Indian and Pakistani fighter jets were engaged in aerial combat along the Line of Control, following the events of Operation Bandar ie The Balakot Airstrikes.