Indian Air Force chief, Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria has admitted that Mi-17 chopper crash, on February 27 was a big mistake on the part of his force.
According to India Today news magazine, IAF claimed that Abhinandan had shot down a PAF F-16 fighter before his MiG-21 was shot, though it had literally no evidence to substantiate its claim.
Turns out that PAF’s February 27 reprisal was a real surprise for Indian forces as they not only lost two fighter jets in dogfights but also shot one of their own military helicopters in panic over Budgam area of IOK. Six Indian servicemen were killed in the incident.
Initially, India was reluctant to admit its mistake but later ordered an inquiry into the incident.