Sources identified the deceased pilot as Lieutenant Colonel Saurabh Yadav and revealed his co-pilot was undergoing treatment.
An Army helicopter that was flying in the forward area near Tawang, one of India’s last points on the China border, crashed during a routine sortie on Wednesday, killing 1 of its 2 pilots.
Army aviation Cheetah helicopter
“An army aviation Cheetah helicopter flying in the forward area near Tawang crashed on 05 October (today) at around 10 am during a routine sortie. Both the pilots were evacuated to nearest military hospital…,” a report released by an Army public relations officer at Tezpur in Assam told.
Sources identified the deceased pilot as Lieutenant Colonel Saurabh Yadav. The Army has not informed the cause of the air crash. “Details are being ascertained,” its report stated.
Arunachal Pradesh has had a history of chopper crashes in recent years, the poor climate being the reason behind most of them. Since 2010, over 40 people have lost their lives in 6 helicopter crashes in the Northeast state. They include former chief minister Dorjee Khandu.
Another Cheetah helicopter of the Army crashed near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in March. A pilot died in the incident while the co-pilot was severely injured.
Former chief of defense staff General Bipin Rawat died along with his wife and 12 others after an Air Force Mi-17 V5 chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu in December 2021.