On Friday, an Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in a remote mountain near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, killing all seven military personnel. The defence spokesperson Suneet Newton said that the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter was flying military officials to a forward post in Arunachal Pradesh. “The Mi-17 V5 chopper crashed at around 6 am when it was on an air maintenance mission”, the IAF official added. The reason of this incident is yet to be discovered.
“A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the official said. This calamity took place just a day before the Air Force Day celebrations. A Court of Inquiry has already been ordered to find the real reason behind this tragedy. The bodies of all seven were found at the crash site of Yangchi, 130 km from the Tawang town and close to the border with China. The Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had spoken on a string of air crashes in last some years at a press conference on Thursday. “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 BS Dhanoa said on Thursday.