17 died in helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh

Mi-17 helicopter, carrying 18 passengers from Guwahati to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh crashed around 1:57PM IST ( GMT + 5.30) near Tawang helipad while landing, as per report. Six people, including both pilots and four passengers survived and four are in critical condition.

The helicopter, belonging to central government-owned Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd (PHHL), caught fire just as it was about to land at the Tawang helipad located at an altitude of 11,000 feet.

‘As of now we can confirm that 17 people have died in the crash and there were six survivors, including both the pilots, and they have been shifted to hospital with serious injuries,’ A. Toko, assistant director of the Arunachal Pradesh civil aviation department, told IANS by telephone.

There were 23 people on board the chopper, 16 adult passengers, two minors, two pilots along with three crew members.

PHHL operates daily chopper services between Guwahati and Tawang for the last nine years, while the company also provides services to other remote locations in Arunachal Pradesh and the rest of the northeast.
Source : Yahoo

Tawang is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site and attracts many tourists from all over world.

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