16 Mar 2023

Indian Army's Cheetah Helicopter Crashed In Arunachal Pradesh Near Bomdila, Bodies Of Both Pilots Found

Itanagar: Indian Army's Cheetah helicopter crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. According to sources, the helicopter crashed in the Mandala Hills area. Both the pilots were martyred in the accident. Their names are Lieutenant Colonel VVB Reddy and Major Jayant A. 

The army has ordered a court of inquiry into the matter. The Army said that the chopper had taken off from Bomdila. The helicopter lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at 9:15 am. According to the Army, the helicopter is reported to have crashed near Mandala, West of Bomdila.

Arunachal Pradesh Police said- At around 12.30 pm, the villagers of Bangjalep, Dirang police station told that a crashed helicopter has been found. Search and rescue teams of Army, SSB and Police have left for the spot. No photos have surfaced yet, as there is no signal in the area. Today the weather is very foggy and the visibility is 5 meters.

Chopper crashed during Operation Sortie

PRO of Defence Guwahati, Lt Col Mahendra Rawat told that the army was conducting Operation Sortie near Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. During this, the Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at 9:15 am.

Earlier on 21 October 2022, the military helicopter 'Rudra' crashed in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The accident took place near Singing village, 25 km from Tooting headquarters. Five died in the accident. Rudra is an attack helicopter of the army. It is built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Army. 

The aging Chetak and Cheetah helicopters with the IAF and the Army are in dire need of replacement, even as they form the lifeline of the forces in high-altitude areas. There are around 200 Cheetah and Chetak helicopters in service at present, the Weapon System Integrated (WSI) Mk-IV version of the helicopter.

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