Arunachal Pradesh Helicopter Crash: Army sources confirmed hours after the crash that an Army helicopter flying an operational sortie near Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, crashed on Thursday, killing both pilots. At around 9.15 a.m., the helicopter was reported to have lost contact with air traffic control. The accident occurred near Mandala, west of Bomdila. Search and rescue teams were dispatched to find the two missing pilots. According to reports, a Lieutenant Colonel and a Major were on board the Cheetah as it travelled from Senge to Missamari when it crashed.
“An Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter flying an operational sortie near Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh was reported to have lost contact with the ATC at around 09:15am today. The plane is said to have crashed near Mandala, west of Bomdila. “Search parties have been launched,” Lt Col Mahendra Rawat, PRO Defence Guwahati, said in an early-morning statement.
Indian Army Cheetah helicopter has crashed near Mandala hills area of Arunachal Pradesh. Search operation for the pilots has started. More details awaited: Army sources pic.twitter.com/fqD0uu767w
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“Five search parties of Indian Army, SSB and ITBP were immediately launched. The plane’s wreckage was discovered near Mandala’s Village Banglajaap. “We regret to inform you that the pilot and co-pilot of the helicopter were killed in the accident,” the Army’s Eastern Command in Kolkata said in a statement.
Around 12.30pm, the villagers discovered the crashed chopper, which was still burning. The superintendent of police, Special Investigation Cell (SIC), Rohit Rajbir Singh, stated that the area where the chopper crashed has no mobile connectivity and that the weather is extremely foggy, with visibility as low as five metres.