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IAF's chopper crashes near Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang, 7 personnel killed

The crash of the Mi-17 V5 took place at around 6 am when it was on a maintenance mission

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian Air Force MI-17 v5 aircraft. (Photo: Twitter/@PTI_News)
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Seven defence personnel were killed after an Mi-17 V5 helicopter of the crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.

district Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Meena said the chopper crashed around 6.30 a.m. killing all the seven people on board.

The chopper was on a routine Air Maintenance Mission, Meena quoted a Defence officer as saying.

The crash site is located at some four-to-five hours drive from "It is a forested area," Meena said adding that the bodies are being brought to the helipad near

"We are told that there were no civilians and all were defence personnel," he said.

Earlier in July an chopper engaged in a flood rescue mission crashed near Papum Pare district in the hill state killing four persons including three crew and one India Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel.

The frequently changing weather condition in Arunachal Pradesh makes flying of choppers difficult in the area and there have been several incidents of crashes in the hill state in the past.

The then Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Dorjee Khandu, and four others also died in a chopper crash in the hill state in 2011.

First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 12:57 IST