Missing IAF chopper: 3 bodies recovered at crash site in Arunachal Pradesh

July 6, 2017, 8:19 pm
Tezpur(Assam):  The  bodies of three crew members of the the Advanced  Light Helicopter (ALH) which crashed on Tuesday was recovered today at   Yupia in Papum Pare district  of Arunachal  Pradesh while search is still on  to locate the  fourth member of the crew said  an highly placed police official based in Itanagar.
The Indian Air Force ALH Chopper went  missing while  returning from a rescue operation of stranded passengers  because of a road blockade between Sagalee and Itanagar caused by landslides and floods. Sagalee is about 86 km from capital city  Itanagar ,in Arunachal Pradesh .
The Advanced Light Helicopter of IAF Tezpur base lost its radar contact at around 3.50 pm  and on Wednesday   the wreckage was located by the locals  and rescue teams.
Director general of Police Arunachal Pradesh Sandeep Goel  ,  told  this evening that  three bodies   have been recovered from the spot while there is no trace of the fourth person   and   search operation is still on  .There were  four person  which included  three IAF personnel  including the  pilot and one local police of Indian Reserve Battalion( IRBn) .
This is the second incident of Tezpur air base within two months. On May 23 last ,  one Sukhoi -30 MKI fighter plane  went missing along with two pilots and the wreckage was   spotted after three days of intensive  search operation in Arunachal Pradesh .
The Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh has  witnessed  several  chopper  crashes both of  IAF and   Pawan  Hans  in past few years.  Ex Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu , Ex   Education Minister Dera Natung and  Tirap Deputy commissioner were killed in separate  chopper crashes in the past few years .
The  pilots consider  the eastern  Himalayan area from Tawang to Mechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh  as very risky for flying  as  stretching beyond 500 km is prone to unpredictable  change of weather  and  zero visibility  as winds move from west to east  in the high altitude zone .

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