The wreckage of the Indian Air Force helicopter that had gone missing while on a flood rescue operation in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, was spotted on Wednesday in Papum Pare district, with officials in Itanagar saying police parties on foot were yet to reach the exact spot.
A wireless message sent by an officer in Papum Pare district around 5 PM on Tuesday to the state chief secretary in Itanagar said the wreckage of the missing chopper was spotted in an inaccessible deep gorge at the Sopo Yuha area, about four km from Hostalam, the nearest village that has a road link to the outside world. The information was based on local reports gathered by the police control room in Yupia, the district headquarter of Papum Pare, the wireless message dispatched by Mabi Taipodia, a lady extra assistant commissioner of the district said.
Several teams of the army, police and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been engaged in the search operation since early Wednesday morning despite inclement weather, with officials in Itanagar saying none of the parties had actually reached the site where the wreckage was spotted.
The wreckage was spotted by one of the several teams, with a senior police officer in Itanagar saying it was lying in a deep gorge close to a waterfall and a stream. The search parties would resume their foot march on Thursday morning, the officer said.