Two pilots killed in Indian Army chopper crash in Arunachal Pradesh
On Thursday, a Cheetah helicopter belonging to the Indian Army Aviation crashed in the Mandala hills area in Arunachal Pradesh, resulting in the deaths of two pilots. The Indian Army, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and police conducted a search operation following the crash.
Earlier, Lt Col Mahendra Rawat, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Defence Guwahati, reported that the Army’s Cheetah helicopter had lost contact with the Air Traffic Controller during an operational sortie at approximately 9:15 am on Thursday. The crash was reported to have occurred near Mandala, which is located west of Bomdila.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police stated that the Army helicopter lost contact while en route to Missamari from Senge village and was subsequently found by villagers from Bangjalep under Dirang police station at around 12:30 pm. Due to extremely foggy weather with only 5 metres of visibility, the area had no signal.