By Pankaj Yadav
At least 17 people died and six seriously injured in the chopper crash in north-east Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday afternoon, confirmed Takam Sanjoy, the Member of Indian Parliament representing the area where the chopper crashed.
The ill-fated chopper belonging to the “Pawan Hans” company was on its routine flight from Guwahati Airport, and caught fire minutes before landing in Arunchal Pradesh’s Tawang town, he said, adding that most of the choppers owned by this company were old.
“I demand an immediate inquiry into the incident, and also the replacement of the old choppers with new ones,” added Sanjoy while talking to KUNA from Tawang.
He further told KUNA that he would be soon meeting the country’s Civil Aviation Minister Vlayar Ravi to press his demand for the immediate replacement of the old choppers with new ones.
According to him, evacuation services were on to clear the crashed chopper’s rubble, and help the victims. Indian Army has been asked to carry out relief and rescue work as the incident took place in difficult terrains, he added.
Boarding chopper from Guwahati Airport is the only aerial route connecting the rest of the country with Arunachal Pradesh state which shares border with China.