ITANAGAR: The search for Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter has started today by officials. The helicopter goes missing on Wednesday in Arunachal Pradesh.
“Rescue teams from the Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police along with state police were trekking through the jungle and hill areas between Yupia and Hoj Telam in Papum Pare district to locate the missing chopper,” Sandeep Goel, the police chief of Arunachal Pradesh asserted.
As per the officials, the IAF helicopter might have crashed at Hostalam amid Borum and Toru area.
On Tuesday, the helicopter that was involved in flood rescue mission in Arunachal Pradesh went missing at 3.50 p.m. following it took off from Pilputu Helipad close to Sagalee for the Naharlagun heliport.
The Indian Air Force helicopter was rescuing people trapped in Sagalee and Dambuk because of massive landslides.
Tezpur-based Defence spokesperson Lt Col Sombit Ghosh stated, the helicopter had gone to Jorhat to rescue people on Tuesday.
Papum Pare district official J.Pertin stated the IAF helicopter which was pushed into rescue operation of people cut off because of massive floods in Sagalee.
“In the sixth sortie to Naharlagun, for unknown reason, the crew did not take the last batch of nine civilians and took off from Sagalee with just one policeman, who was deployed to help the two crew members and then went missing,” Pertin added.
CM Pema Khandu shared a tweet on Twitter, Over 169 persons had been rescued by Indian Air Force from Sagalee and Dambuk.
“Successfully evacuated 169 stranded people that include women, children from flood affected areas of Sagalee and Dambuk through IAF,” Khandu stated
On the other hand, about two pilots lost their lives after Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30 helicopter crashed close to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in the month of May.