Arunachal Pradesh: Wreckage of missing IAF helicopter found


Arunachal Pradesh: The Indian Air Force helicopter wreckage has been recovered in a deep gorge near Shopo Yuha in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

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As per the reports, no evidence from the air force of the wreckage being found.

“Something has been found but we are not able to confirm anything as ground forces are yet to reach the spot,” Lt Col Sambit Ghosh, defence PRO stated. “I, too, have seen the photographs doing the rounds but there is no confirmation from our side,” he stated.

On Tuesday, the chopper along with three crew members, one India Reserve Battalion (IRBn) jawan went missing on board near Sagalee in Papum Pare district.

The reports disclosed that the bodies of two crew members have been found from the spot.

The helicopter was arranged to rescue passengers trapped between Sagalee and Itanagar due to road blockade. On Tuesday, it had gone to Naharlagun to evacuate people from Sagalee.

Following the helicopter missing, natives of Shopo Yuha stated that the chopper was crashed in the area. The rescue operations were carried out in the spot. One rescue team was headed by Papum Pare superintendent of police Tumme Amo and another rescue team was head by deputy superintendent of police Neelam Nega.

The rescue team involved 63 personnel from the Police Training Centre (PTC), 17 personnel from ITBP and a medical team. On the other hand, the second team headed by Nega, involved 61 PTC personnel and 10 local youths. They began their operation from the Nyorch area.

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The wreckage was found by one of the five police teams.