Civil aviation probe into chopper crash: Arunachal CM

The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the Pawan Hans chopper crash, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said on Thursday.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015, 19:21 PM IST

Itanagar: The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the Pawan Hans chopper crash, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said on Thursday.

Talking to reporters at Dibrugarh in neighbouring Assam after paying his last respects to the three killed in the incident, Tuki said that the inquiry report would help in knowing the cause of the crash.

"Our government has been informed about the inquiry by civil aviation," he added.

Tuki today air-dashed to Dibrugarh and was accompanied by Khonsa East MLA Wanglam Sawin, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, ADC to Governor Tage Habung and other officers.

The Chief Minister along with Negi consoled the bereaved kins.

The mortal remains of Tirap Deputy Commissioner Dr Kamlesh Kumar Joshi and Captain M S Brar were flown to Delhi in an AN 32 IAF plane, deployed at the request of the Arunachal government.

The mortal remains of the other deceased Captain Rajeev H Hoskote were flown in a Pawan Hans chopper to Guwahati.

The Dauphin VT-PHK chopper with all three men on board had lost all contact with the Air Traffic Control five minutes after take off on the morning of August 4.

The thick forests and inclement weather meant that the search operations were severely hampered for a week.

In spite of the Army and the Indian Air Force taking part in the search operations, the crash site was located only on Monday, six days after it went missing.

The helicopter had crashed against a 6,000-feet high mountain near a place called Pongkhong which is around 16 km from the district headquarters of Khonsa.