Tragedy Strikes: Army Helicopter Crashes Near China Border, Pilot Killed

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An Army helicopter crashed near Tawang, one of India’s last points on the China border, during a routine sortie on Wednesday, resulting in the death of one of its two pilots.

A Cheetah helicopter belonging to army aviation crashed in the forward area near Tawang on October 5 at around 10 am during a routine sortie. Both pilots were taken to the nearest military hospital, as stated by an Army public relations officer in Assam.

The statement mentioned that one pilot passed away due to injuries, while the other pilot was receiving medical treatment.

The deceased pilot was identified as Lieutenant Colonel Saurabh Yadav.

The cause of the air crash has not been disclosed by the Army. “Details are currently being investigated,” the statement said.

Arunachal Pradesh has seen several chopper crashes in recent years, with most of them attributed to bad weather. Since 2010, six helicopter crashes in the Northeast state have claimed the lives of over 40 people, including former chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

In another incident, an Army Cheetah helicopter crashed near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in March, resulting in the death of one pilot and severe injuries to the co-pilot.

Former chief of defence staff lost his life, along with his wife and 12 others, in a helicopter crash involving an Air Force Mi-17 V5 in Tamil Nadu in December 2021.

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