IAF chopper crashes in Arunachal, seven dead

Air force chopper crash LIVE updates: The Mi-17 V5 helicopter was on an air maintenance mission when it crashed at around 6 am. Follow for the latest details.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2017 1:45 pm
Indian Air Force, IAF chopper crash, Arunachal chopper crash, IAF, Chopper crash, Tawang chopper crash, Arunachal Pradesh, iaf helicopter crash, IAF chopper crash, india news, indian express news Chopper crash in Arunachal Pradesh: The Mi-17 V5 helicopter was on an air maintenance mission when it crashed at around 6 am. (Representational)

Five Indian Air Force crew members and two Indian Army personnel were killed after an IAF chopper crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh Friday morning. According to IAF sources, the crash took place a little after 6 am. The Mi-17 V5 helicopter was on an air maintenance mission when it crashed.

IAF identified the deceased personnel as Wing Commander Vikram Upadhyay, Squadron Leader S Tiwari, MWO A K Singh, Sergeant Gautam and Sergeant Satish Kumar. The two deceased from the Indian Army are Sepoy E Balaji and Sepoy H N Deka. The Indian Air Force has ordered a Court of Inquiry to ascertain the cause of the chopper crash.

The Mi-17V-5 is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced military transport helicopters. In 2016, Russia handed over three Mi-17V-5 to India. Designed to transport cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling, Mi-17V-5 also ranks among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type, incorporating the best engineering solutions from previous generations.

In 2008, Russia’s Rosoboronexport signed a contract for the delivery of 80 Mi-17V-5 to India, which was completed in 2011 -2013. In 2012-2013, three additional contracts were signed to supply a total of 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to meet the needs of the Indian Air Force.

In another crash on July 4, three Indian Air Force pilots were killed during a rescue operation of flood-affected people in the state. The Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) had lost contact soon after its take off from Sagalee before the rescue. The mutilated bodies of Wing Commander Mandeep Singh Dhillon, Flight Lieutenant Pramod Kumar Singh and Sergeant Rajendra Yashwant Gujjar were recovered along with the wreckage of the chopper three days later.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. D
    Oct 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    please keep on luaghing at china...this is just a little accident...
    1. V
      Oct 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm
      Serial crashes for the IAF. Hv not learnt the lesson or operating with limitations of required manpower quality. One of the reason could be employment of engineers are passing out of private ins utions and these ins utes dilute standards to maintain their pass out track record. IIT and NIT graduates hardly look at the employment opportunities with Armed forces. With this available lot is from these private ins utes and from there too average quality opts for lucrative software career. Only remaining lot get into Armed forces. Armed forces hv no option but to select from the available substandard lot. Results are seen. Future stores much serious troubles on this account.
      1. P
        Oct 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm
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          Prof.Rais Akhtar
          Oct 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm
          As Air Chief, it is not his job to pronounce that IAF can take care both China and Pakistan, he should see to it as problems of migs planes and helicopters killing our valuable trained officers. He should spend time to strengthen the Air Force, replacing the old fleet with the latest technology, instead of involving himself in political statements.I am sorry to say but even our Army Chief has been making and later withdrawing such political statements.
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            papa imran
            Oct 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm
            I am so happy. I am sure the pilot was muslim. 200 million muslims in India are the fifth column of Pakistan in India. They will strike the Hindu state of India at the right time and break it into thousand pieces especially after the alienation of muslims by RSS aligned Butcher of Gujarat's government. our muslim indian brothers in indian administration services will help in demolishing somnath , putting fire to varnasi and spreading mayhem and stampede in all major lingam temples. our muslim soldiers in Indian army will pass on military secrets to Pakistan /China. Our muslim Indian diplomats will surrender Indian missions abroad to pakistan and declare unilateral independence. and Finally our indian muslim politicians will unleash a reign of terror on Hindus all over India where wives and daughters of the Hindus will be raped and sold in red light areas. all hindus will be made impotent by cutting their g e n i t a l s. muslims of India unite and rebel against India
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