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Mi-17 chopper crashed in Tawang due to detachment of tail rotor: B S Dhanoa

Death toll in Friday's air tragedy stands at 7; five IAF personnel and two army men were killed

Press Trust of India  |  Hindon (UP) 

BS Dhanoa, Dhanoa, Dhanoa on IAF chopper crash
Captain of IAF, Sachin Tendulkar (L) being greeted by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa during the 85th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

The Mi-17 crash in Tawang, killing seven military personnel, may have been caused due to disengagement of the chopper's tail rotor, Air Chief Marshal said on Sunday.

Five personnel, including two pilots, and two army men were killed when the Mi-17 V5 medium-lift chopper crashed and burst into flames on Friday near

"Prima facie it appears that the tail rotor of the chopper had come off. It will not be proper for me to say why it came off as a court of inquiry has already been ordered to probe the crash," the chief said.

The chief also paid homage to the seven military personnel killed in the crash.

Dhanoa said there was no technical problem in the engine of the aircraft as the Mi 17 V5 fleet is still flying.

"I think there is no problem in the machine as the chopper is flying even today," he said.

The chief was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event to celebrate the Air Force Day.

The Russian-manufactured was carrying supplies to a forward post of the in the mountainous region near the Sino-border.

Earlier, in a message published in an booklet, Dhanoa said IAF's assets are scarce and expensive and the force cannot afford to lose them on account of any "careless, ignorance or unprofessionalism."

"Supervisors are entirely responsible for the safe and professional conduct of operations and must involve themselves wholeheartedly with the task at hand," the chief said in the message dated September 10.

The booklet, featuring feats of award-winning air warriors, was released on Sunday.

The Mi-17 V5 is a Russian built medium-lift military transport chopper.

An Advanced Light of the had crashed at Saglee in Papum Pare district on July 4, claiming the lives of all four on board.

First Published: Sun, October 08 2017. 15:07 IST