7 Killed As Air Force Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Crashes In Arunachal Pradesh

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| October 6 , 2017 , 14:17 IST

A total of 7 people have been killed, when an Indian Air Force Mi-17 V5 helicopter crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on early Friday morning.

The Mi-17 V5 helicopter was on an Air Maintainance mission in Arunachal Pradesh near Tawang when the chopper crashed around 6 AM on Friday, the Indian Air Force confirmed.

Rescue teams reached the site of the crash near the Indo-China border and took the injured to a local hospital.

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There were 7 people on board the chopper, including 5 IAF officers and 2 Army Jawans when the helicopter crashed.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the Indian Air Force to ascertain the cause of the crash.

One of the world's most advanced military transport helicopters, the Mi-17 V5 helicopter is designed to transport cargo inside the cabin as well as outside on an external sling. In 2008, India signed a contract with Russia's Rosoboron export for the delivery of 80 Mi-17 V5s, which was completed in 2011-13. Another 3 contracts to supply 71 Mi-17 V5s were signed in 2012-2013 and in 2016 Russia handed over 3 Mi-17 V5s.

Previously on July 4, another crash took place in Arunachal Pradesh during the rescue operations of flood affected, resulting in the death of 3 Indian Air Force pilots as the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) lost contact soon after its take off from the base. The wreckage of the chopper and mutilated bodies of Wing Commander Mandeep Singh Dhillon, Flight Lieutenant Pramod Kumar Singh and Sergeant Rajendra Yashwant Gujjar were recovered 3 days later.