In a tragic incident being reported, an Indian Air Force Force (IAF) helicopter crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh resulting in fatal injuries. The chopper was reportedly carrying 7 officials. According to the latest reports, all 7 IAF officials, onboard have been killed. According to the Air Force, the Mi-17 V5 chopper was on an ‘air maintenance mission’ when it crashed. The incident took place at around 6 AM. The crash reportedly occurred during a training sortie.

Following the crash a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident. Following the crash, rescue teams have rushed to the site near the Indo-China border. 

The Mi-17 V5 chopper, by Russia, is the backbone of the Air Force. Over 100 such helicopters are in service. The Mi-17 was designed to carry a substantial payload to higher altitudes and has a very powerful engine.

The Mi-17 V5 choppers which are owned by India are one of the most technically advanced helicopters and also incorporate the best engineering solutions of previous generations. The chopper designed to transport cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling, the Mi-17 V5 is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced military transport helicopters.

Earlier in 2013, the Mi-17 V-5 helicopter made the headlines after it had crashed attempting rescue operations during the Uttarakhand floods. As many as 20 people were killed in that accident.

According to reports, the final batch of Mi-17 V-5 helicopters was handed to India, in July, by Russia. The delivery of three Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters, came under a previously signed contract with Rosoboronexport, a company of the Rostec State Corporation that entailed a total of 151 units of the Mi-17V-5 helicopter, produced by the Kazan Helicopter Plant.

The reports come in the wake of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday. This is said to be Nirmala Sitharaman’s first visit to the state, which is claimed by China as its territory.