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17 killed in Arunachal chopper crash

Bureau Report
Agence India Press
April 19,2011
Seventeen people were killed including two children, in a helicopter crash in Tawang in western Arunachal Pradesh today. The incident occurred around 1:30 pm in the afternoon.
The helicopter was a regular passenger sortie from Guwahati to Tawang.
“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,” an official told Agence India press from Guwahati.
Of the 23 people flying 18 passengers and 5 crew members — six have been rescued and are being treated for severe injuries at the Tawang Hospital.
The Indian Army has been pressed into rescue operation
Tawang, located at an elevation of over 11,000 feet in the Eastern Himalayas, is the headquarters of the district by the same name apart from a Brigade HQ of the Indian Army that monitors the crucial international boundary here.
Pertinently in November last year, 12 Army personnel including an officer, were killed in a Mi-17 chopper accident at twang. (AIP)

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