Missing Pawan Hans helicopter sighted in dense forests in Arunachal Pradesh, rescue operation launched

Missing Pawan Hans chopper which went missing after taking off from Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh has been sighted in in dense forests.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2015, 17:54 PM IST

Itanagar: Missing Pawan Hans chopper which went missing after taking off from Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh has been sighted in in dense forests.

The chopper had four persons on board.

Reports said that rescue operation has been been launched after the sighting of the chopper. 

Three columns of Army along with state police and Assam police are on search and rescue operation.

The Dauphin twin-engine helicopter of the state-run Pawan Hans had on board the deputy commissioner of Tirap, Kamlesh Kumar Joshi, two pilots and a crew member when it went missing at 11.15 am today.

 It took off from Naharlagun helipad near here to Mohanbari in Dibrugarh, Assam at 8.40 am. From there, it headed to Khonsa in Arunchal Pradesh, as per PTI.

The chopper took off from Khonsa with Joshi on board at around 10.30 am and was on its way to Longding and Changlang when it went missing. The Air Traffic Control lost touch with the helicopter since 11.15 am, officials said.

(With PTI inputs)