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Wrekage of missing chopper Pawan Hans spotted in Arunachal's Tirap district

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 August 2015, 10:52 IST

The debris of Pawan Hans chopper, that went missing after taking off on 4 August, has been spotted in Arunachal Pradesh's Tirap district.

"The Air Force has confirmed that the wreckage of the missing helicopter has been found 12 km south of Khonsa, the headquarters of Tirap district," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told PTI.

The Union Minister said that Air Force chopper is hovering over the area where the wreckage has been found.

However, the fate of the three occupants, including a young IAS officer Kamalesh Joshi, of the chopper is yet to be known. The massive search operation was launched to locate the chopper which went missing after taking off from Khonsa in Arunachal Pradesh's Tirap district on 4 August.

Helicopter services are a vital means of connecting remote areas in Arunachal Pradesh. The state heavily depends on Pawan Hans to connect capital Itanagar with the interiors of the state.

(With inputs from PTI)

First published: 10 August 2015, 10:52 IST
 
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