IAF copter on rescue mission goes missing in Arunachal Pradesh

Local residents gather around Union minister Kiren Rijiju's chopper which made an emergency landing in Itanagar on Tuesday due to bad weather. PTI

The IAF chopper that had already made several sorties since the morning and had evacuated as many as 50 people including several women and children from Sagalee to Itanagar, went missing around 4 PM on Tuesday.

This case comes nearly a month after the incident of a missing Sukhoi that went missing from Tezpur Air Force Station with two crew members.

The chopper was to land at a helipad at Raj Bhavan, but due to inclement weather the chopper was forced to land at the playground of the polytechnic.

Rijiju further tweeted, "Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and state government are mobilising local people to locate missing IAF helicopter which was on a rescue mission".

Union minister Kiren Rijiju had a miraculous escape as his chopper made an emergency landing in Itanagar on Tuesday due to bad weather. PTI
IAF copter on rescue mission goes missing in Arunachal Pradesh

Sagalee in Papum Pare district is located to the north of the state capital Itanagar while Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley is about 350 km east of the state capital.

Arunachal Pradesh as well as some other neighbouring states have been reeling under heavy monsoon rains that have triggered landslides and floods.

The incident came around the same time Union Minister of State (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju had a close shave after his helicopter made an emergency landing in Arunachal Pradesh's Itanagar due to bad weather.

The Mi-17 helicopter landed to an alternative place as it was caught in heavy rain and fog, which made navigation hard.


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