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 .