IAF chopper with three on board goes missing in Arunachal Pradesh

This happened hours after a chopper carrying Union Minister Kiren Rijiju made an emergency landing in a village near Itanagar due to inclement weather.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2017 8:45 pm
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An Indian Air Force chopper with three on board went missing near Sagalee in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, reported PTI. This happened hours after a chopper carrying Union Minister Kiren Rijiju made an emergency landing in a village near Itanagar due to inclement weather.

The Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) lost contact soon after its take off from Sagalee at around 3.50 pm before the rescue, Defence PRO Lt Col Sambit Ghosh said. The chopper was evacuating people, stranded at Sagalee due to landslides, triggered by rains. The chopper was evacuating people, stranded at Sagalee due to landslides, triggered by rains.

Sources at the chief minister’s office here said Chief Minister Pema Khandu was monitoring the situation. Directives have been issued to the administration and the police to extend all possible help in the search and rescue operation. The villagers have also asked to help the administration in locating the missing chopper, the sources said.

Talking to media, Rijiju said, “Weather is turbulent in North-East. I am safe but whole the whole state machinery is geared up to locate the missing IAF ALH chopper.”

Sources at the chief minister’s office here said Chief Minister Pema Khandu was monitoring the situation. Directives have been issued to the administration and the police to extend all possible help in the search and rescue operation. The villagers have also asked to help the administration in locating the missing chopper, the sources told to news agency PTI.

(More details awaited)

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