IAF helicopter goes missing in Arunachal Pradesh
Representational image: Dhruv helicopter of the Indian Army at the Farnborough Airshow. Image source: Wikimedia Commons via pjs2005. Photograph: (Others)
An Indian Air Force (IAF) Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with three people on board has gone missing today near Sagalee, in Arunachal Pradesh's Papum Pare, according to Financial Press, citing a defence source.
It has not been made public yet who was aboard. PTI reports that the chopped was on a flood victim rescue mission when it went missing, soon after losing contact after its 3:50pm take off, said Defence PRO Lt Col Sambit Ghosh.
The helicopter was on a mission to evacuate people stranded in Sagalee due to landslides triggered by rains, PTI reports.
Minister of State Kiren Rajiju said, "Weather turbulent in North-East. I'm safe but whole State machinery geared up to locate IAF ALH chopper missing almost at same time."
Rajiju himself was travelling in a helicopter earlier today, when weather forced the copter, which was carrying seven other people, to make an emergency landing on a small field.
The MoS added, "Ap Cm Pema Khandu&state govt mobilizing local people to locate missing IAF helicopter which was on a rescue mission in AP."