2 Pilots Killed As Army Helicopter Crashes In Arunachal, Wreckage Found

Army helicopter crashed near Mandala in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh
Army helicopter crashed near Mandala in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh

On Thursday morning, an Indian Army helicopter crashed near Mandala in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, killing the pilot and co-pilot. Lieutenant Colonel VVB Reddy and Major Jayanth A were reported missing earlier. Air Traffic Controllers lost contact with the aircraft at 9:15 am, the army said.

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Five search parties of the Indian Army, Sashastra Seema Bal and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) launched immediately, and the aircraft wreckage was found near Village Banglajaap East of Mandala, the army said, adding that a court of inquiry was ordered to figure out what caused the accident.

At 9 am, the chopper took off from Sange village in Assam’s Sonitpur district for Missamari.

On 16 March 23, an Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter flying an operational sortie near Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh lost contact with the air traffic control.

The plane crashed near Mandala, west of Bomdila. “Search parties have been launched,” the army said.

According to Rohit Rajbir Singh, the superintendent of the Special Investigation Cell (SIC), villagers found the crashed helicopter ablaze in Dirang and told district officials.

‘Villagers from Bangjalep at Dirang found the chopper around 12.30 pm. It’s still burning,’ he said.

There’s no mobile service in the area and visibility is as low as five meters due to the fog.

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