Govt confirms Khandu’s death in chopper crash
Itanagar: Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region BK Handique, Wednesday, officially confirmed the positive identification of deceased Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu at the chopper crash site.
Addressing a press conference, Handique said that the identity of Khandu as well as the four other who perished with in him when the Pawan Hans AS350 B-3 helicopter they were travelling in crashed after it took off from Tawang at 9.50 am on April 30.
The wreckage was first been sighted around 10.00 am today by a group of civilians led by a Village Defence Party (VDP), ending days of frantic search by multiple agencies including the Army, Air Force and ISRO.
The helicopter crash site is accessible only on foot and is a four hour trek from Lobotang, 30 km north of the 13,700 feet Sela Pass in Tawang district.
Khandu’s body was identified by a search team led his family members but the other four bodies were mutilated and charred beyond recognition, reports said.
Handique said that an Army team is heading to the site. Once there, they will airlift the bodies one by one as the inhospitable terrain makes it impossible to land a chopper on the site.
The operation will continue through the night provided the weather holds well, he added.