All women crew flew an helicopter for the first time in India

An all-woman crew flew a medium-lift helicopter in India for the first time on Monday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said.

The team, involving Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (flight engineer), flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training Mission, taking off and landing from assigned areas at a forward airbase in the South Western Air Command.

Flight Lieutenant Bhardwaj addresses from Mukerian in Punjab and is also the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5.

Flying Officer Nidhi addresses from Ranchi and is the first woman IAF pilot from Jharkhand, Flying Officer Jaiswal hails from Chandigarh and is the also the first woman Flight Engineer of the IAF.

The pilots had attended basic flight training at the Helicopter Training School at Air Force Station, Hakimpet and by advanced training at Air Force Station, Yelahanka.

Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari, the unit engineering officer certified the helicopter airworthy.

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