Itanagar: Seventeen persons were feared
killed when a Pawans Hans helicopter with 23 people on board
caught fire and crashed into a gorge while landing in Tawang
town in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
Tawang District Commissioner G Padu said 17 of those
on board were `presumed dead`, while six were rescued.
The helicopter, which had taken off from Guwahati at
1315 hrs, crashed near the helipad on a hilltop in Tawang
town falling from a height of 15 metre into the gorge, Pawan
Hans sources said.
The helicopter had 18 passengers on board, including
two children. The five-member crew included Captain Barun
Gupta and Captain Tiwari.
Rescue operations were continuing, the DC said.