ISRO roped in to trace Arunachal CM chopper

Government tonight alerted the Department of Space and ISRO for help in locating the whereabouts of the missing helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others.

Updated: May 01, 2011, 00:18 AM IST

New Delhi: Government tonight alerted the
Department of Space and ISRO for help in locating the
whereabouts of the missing helicopter carrying Arunachal
Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said that Indian
satellites have made two passes over the probable area from
where the Pawan Hans helicopter went missing 20 minutes after
takeoff from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh but has not picked up
any signals.
He said Pawan Hans helicopter carries a a location
transponder that can communicate at 406 MHz frequency in the
event of any emergency or it could also be manually operated.

Pillai said depending upon the weather tomorrow morning
IAF helicopters from Dibrugarh and Jorhat will carry out
aerial recee.
He said there was some confusion about reports that the
helicopter had been located but actually it still remains
untraced till tonight.

PTI