Arunachal CM's chopper makes emergency landing in Bhutan

PTI | Updated on April 30, 2011 Published on April 30, 2011

The helicopter of the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Dorjee Khandu, on Saturday made an emergency landing in Bhutan.

Earlier, the chopper was feared missing after take off from Tawang.

The Chief Minister's office said Mr Khandu's helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to technical snag near Tawang, but inside Bhutanese territory. Two other passengers accompanying the Chief Minister and two crew members of the Pawan Hans Eurocopter B3 craft are also safe, the CM's office said.

Defence sources in Kolkata said the helicopter landed in Daporijo.

The other passengers are Ms Lamu, a woman relative of the Chief Minister, his security officer, Mr Choddak, Captain Babbar and Captain Manik. Mr Khandu had taken off from Tawang at 9:56 am and was to land at Itanagar at 11:30 am by the chartered Pawan Hans helicopter.

Tawang is about 200 kms from here.

The chopper was last in communication with the base when it was overflying Sela Pass, 20 minutes after taking off from Tawang, and all communications were lost after that.

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Published on April 30, 2011
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