New Delhi: The Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army has crashed near Mandla hill area of Arunachal Pradesh. Search operation has been started to find the pilots. Awaiting more details. News agency ANI gave this information on Thursday quoting army sources.
Defense PRO in Guwahati, Lt Col Mahendra Rawat said, “The Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter, which was flying an operational sortie near Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh, had lost contact with the ATC at around 09:15 am today. The accident was reported near Mandla, west of Bomdila. Search operation has been started.
In October last year too, an Army Cheetah helicopter had crashed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district, killing a pilot. Defense spokesperson Colonel A.S. According to Walia, the accident took place at around 10 am on October 5 during a routine sortie in a forward area.
He told that there were two pilots in the helicopter, who were immediately taken to the nearest army hospital. A pilot died during treatment there. The reason behind the accident was not immediately known.
It is said that the Cheetah helicopters of the Indian Army are counted among the light helicopters. It is a single engine helicopter. The Indian Army has 200 Cheetah helicopters.