GUWAHATI: Four defense personnel were killed and one was reported missing after a Dhruv advanced light helicopter of the Army crashed early Friday in a remote area of Upper Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh, making it the second air disaster in the northeastern border state in less than three weeks and the 12th in 14 years.


The Mk-IV variant integrated into the in-house designed helicopter weapon system took off from Likabali at the foot of the hills and crashed near the village of Migging, bordered by China to the north. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. “There were a total of five people on board. During a joint search and rescue with the IAFThe remains of four people were found, “the army said.

Earlier, on October 5, an Army Cheetah helicopter crashed into an advanced area near Tawang in the western part of the state, killing the pilot. The mountainous state has had a bloody trail of air disasters in the most remote places. The 12 incidents in 14 years have claimed 90 lives, including former CM Dorjee Khandu.

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