Indian Air Force chopper goes missing; two bodies, wreckage recovered

Published: 15:15 GMT, Jul 6, 2017 |

An Arunachal Pradesh police team on Wednesday afternoon located the wreckage of the Indian Air Force chopper that went off the radar while on flood rescue mission on Tuesday.

The team also found two mutilated but identifiable bodies beside the crash site.

The IAF, however, said it was not certain if the debris was of its missing Advanced Light helicopter.

A radio message from the district’s extra assistant commissioner M Taipodia to the state’s chief secretary and other officials said the debris of the IAF’s advanced light helicopter had been spotted in an “inaccessible deep gorge” at Sopo Yuha about 3pm.

The spot, near Hostalam village, is about 30 km north of state capital Itanagar.

Neither the district administration nor defence officials could provide an update on the three IAF crew members and a policeman who were on board the ill-fated chopper.

IAF officials in New Delhi said it was not certain if it was of the helicopter that went missing on Tuesday while engaged in flood evacuation.

“The search is continuing. Certain leads that the ground parties obtained will be intensively searched once the weather clears tomorrow,” an IAF official said.