All IAF Apache helicopters grounded for a month

Two squadrons of IAF Apache helicopters were grounded over the last three and a half weeks and tomorrow will return to full operations.

The grounding occurred after a routine inspection revealed a crack which had developed into a 20-cm fissure in one of the rear rotors of the helicopter.The investigation included microscopic checking of rotors in a laboratory as well as the flight history of the helicopter.

The IAF also checked rotors in all of the other helicopters to see if they were suffering from similar damage.

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