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IAF chopper crashes in Arunachal, five dead

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Five personnel were killed while one sustained serious injuries when an Mi-17 helicopter of the crashed this morning near Tawang, a remote town of which is close to the border with

The Mi-17 V5 chopper crashed at around 6 am when it was on an air maintenance mission, a senior official said adding five personnel on board the chopper were killed while one person was critically injured.

"A of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident," the official said.

At least one person from the Army was on board the chopper and two pilots were believed to be among those killed in the crash, official sources said.

The comes a day ahead of the Air Force Day which is extensively celebrated by the

"Our losses in the peacetime are a cause of concern. We are making concerted efforts to minimise accidents and preserve our assets," Air Chief Marshal had said yesterday, referring to a string of crashes of IAFs choppers and jets in recent years.

Sources said rescue teams reached the site within hours after the and brought the injured person to a local hospital in Tawang.

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

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First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 12:07 IST