Indian Army Cheetah helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, two pilots dead

Team India Sentinels Thursday 16th of March 2023 02:15 PM

An Indian Army Cheetah helicopter. (Photo for representational purpose only.) 

Guwahati: An Indian Army Aviation Corps Cheetah helicopter crashed near Mandala in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district, on Thursday morning. The crash resulted in the deaths of the chopper’s pilot, Lieutenant Colonel VVB Reddy, and the co-pilot, Major Jayanth A.

The Army said the chopper had taken off from Sange village in the district at 9am and was headed for Missamari Army base in Assam’s Sonitpur district. It was reported to be missing after it lost contact with the air traffic controller at around 9.15am.

Following this, five parties of the Indian Army, Sashastra Seema Bal and Indo-Tibetan Border Police were immediately dispatched on a search-and-rescue mission. The Army said the wreckage of the helicopter was found near Banglajaap, a village in Mandala’s east. 

A court of inquiry has been set up to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Rohit Rajbir Singh, the superintendent of police, special investigation team of Arunachal Pradesh, told reporters that villagers had found the crashed chopper, which was still burning, in Dirang, and informed district officials. He also said that the area had no mobile connectivity and the weather was extremely foggy with visibility as low as five metres.


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