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Pilot killed in crash on Siachen glacier

May 23, 2012 at 7:40 AM   |   Comments

NEW DELHI, May 23 (UPI) -- An Indian army officer was killed and his co-pilot was badly injured when their helicopter crashed on the Siachen glacier during a supply run,officials said.

The Siachen glacier, in the disputed Kashmir region, is considered the world's highest battlefield, Indo-Asian News Service reported Wednesday. India and Pakistan both claim rights to the uninhabited mountain of ice.

Army officials said the pilots were trying to land the copter on a helipad at the Bhim post when they lost control of the aircraft. It crashed about a quarter-mile short of the helipad, army officials said.

The injured officer was evacuated to a military hospital.

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