IAF chopper crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, 7 dead

An Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, killing seven military personnel, a senior IAF official said.

Five IAF personnel, including two pilots, and two armymen were killed in the crash near the remote town of Tawang, close to the China border, around 6 am, the official said.

The Russian-manufactured Mi-17 V5 helicopter was carrying supplies to a forward post of the Indian Army in the mountainous region.

“A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” he said. The crash comes two days ahead of Air Force Day on October 8, celebrated in a big way by the force.

The Mi-17 V5 is a Russian built medium-lift military transport chopper.


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