No trace of missing IAF chopper

No trace of missing IAF chopper


No trace of missing IAF chopper


Tezpur:  A MI-17 IAF helicopter that had gone missing while returning to Salonibari IAF base in Tezpur in Sonitpur district of Assam after providing flood relief in Arunachal Pradesh yesterday remained untraced.
Official sources said, search and rescue operations have been launched by multiple agencies, including civil administration of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and army and para-military forces.
The last contact with the missing chopper was established by the Air Traffic Control of Salonibari at 1550 hours yesterday when it was on its return journey.
Sonitpur deputy commissioner MK Deka said the copter had flown from Salonibari yesterday morning to provide relief materials in Itanagar and Sagali areas of Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The fate of the three IAF personnel on board, including the pilot, is also unknown.

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