Accidents happen during training: Army chief
New Delhi Jan 12 (IANS) Maintaining that soldiers accept that accidents happen during training Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said the accident during a drill ahead of Army Day parade in which three soldiers were injured will not affect the morale of the troops.
"We accept casualties during training; we have had accidents during training " General Rawat said.
The Army chief cited the examples of road accidents and bursting of gun barrels during training and failure of parachutes to open.
He said the helicopter and boom had been used many times in the past and called the accident as unfortunate. He however added that it did not mean the Army will stop performing those activities.
"The boom of the helicopter broke. It can happen due to various reasons. It should not have happened but it has happened... we will carry out investigation but it does not mean it will cause demotivation to our people " he said.
"The same boom has been used on numerous occasions. Is it because of structural weakness is it that we have to now say that a boom can only be used for so much period or do we need to have x-ray machines to check cracks " he said.
Three soldiers were injured in a freak accident during a drill when soldiers abseiling from a chopper fell on the ground below following a boom malfunctioning. The injury to the three soldiers undergoing treatment is "not life threatening".