Naltar tragedy: Air ambulance carrying injured Indonesian envoy makes emergency landing in India

Published: May 11, 2015


ISLAMABAD: An air ambulance carrying the Indonesian envoy, who was injured in the Gilgit helicopter crash on Friday,  made an emergency landing in India after his condition is said to have become critical.

The Foreign Office said Ambassador Burhan Mohammad, who suffered 75% burns on his body in the crash, was being flown to his country when his condition worsened, Express News reported.

The air ambulance took off from Islamabad at 2pm local time today. The Netherlands ambassador was also flown out to his home country.

Read: ‘Round, round, round, and there it hit the ground’: Envoy recalls moment when chopper crashed

The decision to make an emergency landing was taken after communication with the Indonesian and Singapore governments during the flight. Pakistan had sought and arranged the air ambulance from Singapore.

Read: Technical glitch: Chopper crash kills two envoys, five others

The ambassadors of the Philippines and Norway, the wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys and three officers of the Pakistan Army were killed when an MI-17 helicopter went down shortly before landing in Naltar Valley.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recommended to hand over civil gallantry award, Sitar-e-Pakistan for the diplomats killed in the recent Gilgit crash.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • shahid
    May 11, 2015 - 7:36PM

    What a sad sad incident. May the departed souls rest in peace. May God help their families and loved ones overcome this grief. Recommend

  • khan
    May 11, 2015 - 11:01PM

    75% burns not good, any burns greater than 40% means high level care wil be needed. which isnt available hereRecommend

  • Zahid
    May 12, 2015 - 2:16AM

    Its very sad god safe them allRecommend

  • kulwant singhl
    May 12, 2015 - 4:19AM

    No clue in which city the Air ambulance landed, the world class medical facilities are available in Derhli,Banglore, Chanai, Bombay and many more cities in India, praying for early recovery.Recommend

  • May 12, 2015 - 7:25AM

    Dipak@khan: but India can handle better because of experienced people and facilities.Recommend

  • kulwant singh
    May 12, 2015 - 4:40PM

    @khan: We can only pray for their early recovery rest is Gods will.Recommend

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