IAF chopper crashes in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 06, 2017 12:38 hrs

New Delhi: An Indian Air Force helicopter Mi 17 V5 crashed early on Friday morning in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang area. At least seven people - all of them Air Force personnel - are feared to have been killed in the crash.

The incident took place in a hilly terrain around 12 kilometers from the India-China border.

The chopper crashed at around 6 am when it was on a maintenance mission, officials said.

“A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause for the accident,” he said.

Rescue teams reached the crash site at Tawang near the Indo-China border and admitted the injured personnel to a local hospital.

The Mi 17 V5 is a Russian-made military transport helicopter and is often in disaster relief operations, especially floods. The MI-17 V5 was most recently deployed in Gujarat and Rajasthan for flood relief operations.

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