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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)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 04, 2017, 03.07 PM (IST)

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."

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