Itanagar. An Indian Army Cheetah helicopter crashed on Thursday near Mandla Hills area, west of Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. Both the pilots aboard the helicopter have died in this accident. Army officer gave this information.
According to an army official, the helicopter had taken off from Sange village in the district at 9 am and was on its way to Missamari in Assam’s Sonitpur district. It had a lieutenant and a major on board.
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The helicopter, which was on an operational flight, lost contact with the air traffic control (ATC) at around 9:15 am, Lt Col Mahendra Rawat said. It crashed near Mandla, west of Bomdila.
Special Investigation Branch Superintendent of Police Rohit Rajbir Singh said that villagers in Dirang saw the crashed chopper burning and informed the district administration officials. Singh said, “Villagers of Bangjlep in Dirang saw the helicopter burning around 12.30 pm. There is no mobile connectivity in the area and there is so much fog that visibility has reduced to just five metres, he said. (with agency inputs)