Army Chopper With Two Pilots On Board Crashes In Arunachal
The chopper had taken off from Sange village in Itanagar at 9:00 a.m. and was headed for Missamari in Assam.
A Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army, with two pilots on board, crashed near Mandala in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday morning, a defense spokesperson said.
The chopper, carrying a lieutenant and a major, had taken off from Sange village in Itanagar at 9:00 a.m. and was headed for Missamari in Assam's Sonitpur district.
The helicopter, which was flying an operational sortie, lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 9:15 a.m., Lieutenant Colonel Mahendra Rawat said.
"It crashed near Mandala, west of Bomdila. Search parties have been sent to the spot," he said.
Rohit Rajbir Singh, the superintendent of police and head of the Special Investigation Cell, explained that villagers had found the crashed helicopter ablaze in Dirang and informed district officials.
"Villagers from Bangjalep at Dirang located the chopper around 12:30 p.m. It is still burning," Singh said.
The area has no mobile connectivity, and the weather is extremely foggy, with visibility as low as five meters, he added.