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Arunachal Helicopter Crash: Army’s attack helicopter ‘Rudra’ crashes, 2 bodies recovered, rescue operation underway

Chopper Crash: An ALH-WSI helicopter of the Army Aviation Corps crashed in Miging, Arunachal Pradesh at 10.43 am. Joint teams of Army and Air Force have been engaged in the rescue operation.

Arunachal Helicopter Crash: The Indian Army’s attack helicopter ‘Rudra’ crashed on the LAC adjacent to China in Arunachal Pradesh. A total of 5 people including two pilots were on board the helicopter. Bodies of 2 people have been recovered. Search operation is going on for the remaining 3. The Indian Army has deployed three helicopters in this search and rescue mission.

The flight was full for routine-sortie

According to the Indian Army, an ALH-WSI helicopter of the Army Aviation Corps crashed at 10.43 am in Miging, Arunachal Pradesh. Miging is a very remote area in the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, which is located to the south of Tuting. This helicopter took off for a routine sortie from Lekabali Military Station in Assam.

Army and Air Force are searching

According to the Army’s 3 Corps present in Dimapur (Nagaland), a joint team of Army and Air Force has been deployed to find the helicopter. According to Lt Col Amarinder Walia, Regional Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense in Tezpur, Assam, one MI-17 and ALH (Advance Light Helicopter) have been pressed into the search and rescue operation.

‘Rudra’ was a helicopter with attack role

It is worth noting that after installing the weapon in the indigenous ALH helicopter, it has been named ALH-WSI i.e. Weapon System Integrated. The army has also named it ‘Rudra’ and it is a combat ie attack role helicopter, in which two pilots are on board. However, the army did not officially say that apart from both the pilots, there were 3 people present in the helicopter.

After the crash, a local video has surfaced, in which smoke is seen rising in a dense forest on a distant mountain. However, this video has not been confirmed by the army.

Second crash in October

On 8 October this month, an army Cheetah helicopter crashed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. He had crashed during a routine flight around 10:00 in the morning. There were two pilots in the Cheetah chopper. After the crash, both were evacuated to the nearest army hospital, but the seriously injured pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Saurabh Yadav, died during treatment.

 

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