Missing Indian Air Force ALH helicopter found crashed, all three crew safe


An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter, which had gone missing on Tuesday is found to have crashed. All three crew on board are safe.

The chopper reportedly crashed in between Kheel and Yupia in Arunachal Pradesh. The debris were reportedly found by a villager, who was looking for in the jungle

The Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) helicopter was on a flood victim rescue mission, with three crew members on board, went missing near Sagalee in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh today, the defence officials said.

More details on the reported crash are awaited.

The Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) had lost contact soon after its take off from Sagalee at around 3.50pm before the rescue mission, Defence PRO Lt Col Sambit Ghosh said.

The IAF chopper was rescuing people, stranded at Sagalee due to landslides, triggered by rains.

People in the chief minister’s office here said chief minister Pema Khandu was monitoring the situation. Directives have been issued to the administration and the police to extend all possible help in the search and rescue operation. The villagers have also asked to help the administration in locating the missing chopper, the people said.

(With PTI inputs)