US grounds Chinook chopper fleet over engine fires

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The US military has stopped its fleet of CH-47 Chinook helicopters from flying due to the threat of a helicopter engine fire.


  • The US military operates approximately 400 Chinook helicopters which are medium-lift, multi-role helicopters manufactured by Boeing.
  • They perform a variety of tasks in military operations.

  • The Chinook fleet has been halted by the US military because it is suspected that some of its engines may catch fire.

India's concern :

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) too operates a fleet of Chinook helicopters.

  • The IAF operates a fleet of 15 Chinook helicopters and it has not grounded them so far.

  • Chinook was inducted into IAF in 2019.

  • One helicopter of Chinook unit is based in Chandigarh whereas the other is based at Mohanbari airbase in Assam.

  • The Indian Air Force has sought details from US defence manufacturer Boeing on the reasons for shutting down its entire fleet of Chinook helicopters.

About Chinook Helicopters :

  • The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engined, heavy-lift helicopter.

  • It is developed by the American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems).

  • Each helicopter can carry goods and cargo up to 9.6 tonnes.

  • It can provide assistance during disaster relief, medical, search and rescue missions, aircraft recovery and parachute drops.

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