1. IAF helicopter missing in Arunachal Pradesh: Wreckage found in Chopoyoha, Wing Commander, 2 others feared dead

IAF helicopter missing in Arunachal Pradesh: Wreckage found in Chopoyoha, Wing Commander, 2 others feared dead

Indian Air Force (IAF) Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) that went missing on Tuesday near Sagalee in the Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh, was found today.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) that went missing on Tuesday near Sagalee in the Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh, was found today. IGP (Law & Order) Nabin Payeng on Wednesday told PTI that the wreckage of the chopper was found near Chopoyoha in the same district. The Army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Arunachal Pradesh police launched a search operation and trekked through the jungle and hill areas between Yupia and Hoj Telam in Pampumpare district to locate the helicopter that went missing with three crew members on board. As per the reports by India Today, all the crew members were feared dead. The pilot of the helicopter was the Wing Commander MS Dhillon. He is the commanding officer of the unit who was on board the indigenous helicopter and was accompanied by Flight Lieutenant PK Singh and Flight Engineer Sgt Gujjar.

The helicopter was on the mission to evacuate people stranded in Sagalee and Dambuk due to massive landslides caused by heavy rains. The IAF was engaged in flood rescue mission in the state when it went missing yesterday around 3:50 PM after it took off from Pilputu helipad near Sagalee. Sagalee additional deputy commissioner J Pertin said the IAF helicopter, which was pressed into the evacuation of people stranded due to floods in the area, had made five sorties since it arrived there at around 10.30 AM on Tuesday. “In the sixth sortie to Naharlagun, the crew for unknown reasons did not take the last batch of nine civilians and took off from Sagalee,” he added. Nabin Payeng said that the search parties since morning were trekking through hills near Kheel between Sagalee and Doimukh to locate the missing chopper.

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This is not the only air disaster incident in the area. In May last, a Sukhoi-30 fighter jet with two pilots of Indian Air Force had crashed near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

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    viswanath veeranna
    Jul 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    God Bless these brave Officers and men of Armed Forces, who lay down their lives in of duty to the nation. The losses to the family are inconsolable. May God give the family members all the strength to bear with void created by this tragic event. The IAF needs to take serious measures to prevent succession of such tragic events. The lives of the young men in the Armed Forces are being inordinately risked because of poor maintainance issues of equipments and aircrafts. When the whole world is making rapid technological progress, IAF seems to be dogged by poor quality maitainence, spares etc. While the the commitment and capabilities of the men and Officers are indis ble, blame rests with the Government for failure to upgrade the Armed Forces. The sacrifices of men are being taken for granted. This has to stop and authorities must wake up from their inaction and protect the lives of defence personnel while they are engaged in the defence of our nation.
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