On Thursday, an Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter crashed near Mandala, West of Bomdila. According to the reports, the misfortune happened after the helicopter flying an operational sortie near Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) this morning at around 9:15 AM on March 16, 2023.
“Two pilots were on board. Search and Rescue teams of Army and police have already left for the spot,” Arunachal Pradesh police said. Earlier this morning search and rescue teams have been rushed to the area to track down the helicopter and the missing aviators. As per reports, the pilot and the co-pilot of the Indian Army’s Cheetah helicopter were found dead by the civilians. It is believed that their families have been informed about the casualty.
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“An Army chopper lost contact midway and could not be located while it was en route to Missamari from Senge village. At around 12.30 pm villagers from Bangjalep, Dirang PS informed that a crashed chopper was found,” Arunachal Pradesh Police said.
The Cheetah has served well with around 200 Cheetah Helicopters active presently, some of them are in discussion of replacement due to their deteriorating state. Cheetah Helicopter holds the world record in high-altitude flying and is one of the strategic choppers with multi-purpose features for carrying out missions at high altitudes.
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