Chopper carrying Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu goes missing

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    Chopper carrying Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu goes missing
    India - 30 april 2011

    NEW DELHI: A Pawan Hans chopper believed to be carrying Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu went missing on Saturday. The chopper was flying from Tawang to Itanagar.

    The chopper took off at 10 am and was expected to land at 11.30 am. However, the chopper did not land at Itanagar. Last radio contact with the chopper was made over Sela Pass near Tawang.

    According to reports, the chopper is said to have 4 other people onboard.

    Officials confirmed that a huge search operation is on and the defence ministry has been alerted.



    Source: The Times of India
     
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    Detailed report and the cause of missing open for the public to view its alarming and serious , we should not stay in a mode of denial
     
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    Emergency landing in bhutan for the chopper
     
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    Looks like chopper is still missing .

    Arunachal Pradesh CM' s helicopter goes missing

    A Pawan Hans helicopter chartered by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to fly from Tawang to Itanagar went missing on Saturday morning, and its status was not known till at night.

    Radio contact with the chopper was lost shortly after it passed over the Sela Pass in West Kameng district, located at an altitude of 13,700 feet. No contact was established with anyone on board since then.

    The helicopter, which took off from the Tawang helipad at 9.56 a.m., was scheduled to land at the Itanangar Rajbhawan helipad at 11.30 a.m. Besides Mr. Khandu, the pilot and the co-pilot, Mr. Khandu's personal security officer, Y. Chohddak, and a woman relative of the Chief Minister were on board the five-seat helicopter.

    Principal Adviser to the Chief Minister Tsering Gyurme told The Hindu that no contact could be established with anyone on board Mr. Khandu's helicopter, so the State government was not in a position to confirm anything.

    “We are all praying for the safety of the Chief Minister and all others on board. Search and rescue missions are on to trace the helicopter and establish contact,” he said on the phone at 6.10 p.m.

    A Pawan Hans official at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi International Airport here also said no contact could be established with the helicopter.

    There were, however, conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the helicopter and the safety of Mr. Khandu and others.

    This incident comes 12 days after a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed in Tawang killing 17 persons on board.
     
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    Yes the chopper has not been located as yet by the rescue teams.. tr's assertion that Chinese were upto something is still valid ?
     
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    Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, with official claims that it had been traced to Bhutan denied and no news about the chopper till late evening Saturday. Bhutan has denied any Indian helicopter had landed in its territory.


    "We have also heard through the media about the helicopter landing in Bhutan, but we don't have any reports of an Indian helicopter landing in our territory. But we have deployed troops and local villagers to see if any helicopter has landed here," S. Duba, deputy commissioner of Trashiyangtse district in Bhutan adjoining Tawang, told IANS by phone.

    “The official position is there is no confirmation or news about the helicopter. There has been no direct contact with any of the five people on board and we really don’t know any details as of now,” Arunachal MP Takam Sanjay told IANS.

    “The fact of the matter is we don’t know yet where the helicopter is,” Sanjay said.

    The Pawan Hans AS350 B-3 helicopter had taken off from Tawang at 9.50 a.m. Saturday and was supposed to land in Itanagar at 11.30 a.m.

    According to Sanjay, the chopper lost communication with the ground after it flew past the Sela Pass along the Chinese border.

    The helicopter had two pilots and three passengers on board, including the chief minister and his personal security officer. The third passenger, a woman named Lamu, is said to be a relative of Dorjee.

    The Indian government is in constant touch with Bhutan to find out about the missing chopper.

    "We are in constant touch with the central government at the highest level. Initially we are also told the chopper had landed in Bhutan, but now there are conflicting reports coming in," Sanjay said.

    Around 2 p.m., Arunchal Pradesh Governor Gen (retd) J.J. Singh and the state chief secretary spoke to the media, and also gave telephonic interviews to various national TV channels, saying the helicopter had landed safely with all the five passengers.

    The chief minister's adviser Kiren Rijiju also confirmed the news, saying the chopper had landed somewhere in eastern Bhutan adjoining Tawang district due to bad weather and it was flying back to Guwahati with the chief minister on board.

    The helicopter is a single-engine chopper. In case of an engine failure, there are very slim chances of the helicopter making a safe landing.

    On April 19, a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed in Tawang, killing 17 people and injuring six.

    The Pawan Hans Helicopter Services Limited (PHHL) has been operating five helicopters across Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura and daily Guwahati-Tawang services for the past nine years. It is one of the major lifelines of the landlocked Arunachal Pradesh.
     
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    I wonder why there is very less information available about his whereabouts and also central government is not showing any panic. I am sure Ther are many who smell something fishy about it .
     
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    Helicopters don't go missing in mountainous regions, they crash.
     
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    No trace of Arunachal CM, ISRO roped in to trace chopper
    India - 30 april 2011

    NEW DELHI: Government on Saturday night 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.

    The chopper was last in communication with the base when it was overflying Sela Pass, 20 minutes after taking off from Tawang, and all communication was lost after that.

    There was confusion in the afternoon with claims made by Governor Gen (retd) J J Singh first and then by the chief minister's office and defence spokesperson that the chief minister had landed safely in a place called Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district. The CM's office said the helicopter had landed in a place in Bhutan.

    The five on board included crew members Captain J S Babbar and Captain K S Malick, Khandu's security officer Yeshi Choddak and Yeshi Lamu, sister of Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondup.

    Pillai alos said that depending upon the weather tomorrow morning IAF helicopters from Dibrugarh and Jorhat will carry out aerial recee.

    Earlier, in the April 19 incident, a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed in the mountains of Tawang, bordering Tibet, killing 17 people. The helicopter crashed not far away from the helipad and the DGCA had found that proper fire-fighting facilities could have saved lives.



    Source: Press Trust of India
     
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    Indian, Bhutanese troops search for Arunachal CM​


    The helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu that went missing remained untraced for the second day on Sunday even as Indian and Bhutanese troops have launched a massive ground operation to locate the chopper, although turbulent weather prevented aerial surveys from being undertaken.
    "There is no news of our chief minister and the sad part is that very bad weather has prevented helicopters from bases in Assam to launch any search operation," Arunachal MP Takam Sanjay told IANS.

    The Pawan Hans AS350 B-3 helicopter went missing after it had taken off from Tawang at 9.50am on Saturday. The last radio contact with the ground was after about 20 to 20 minutes aftrer take off as it flew over the Sela Pass along the Chinese border perched at an altitude of 13,700 feet.

    "The fact of the matter is we don't know yet where the helicopter is and moreover Bhutan had denied any reports of the chopper landing there contrary to earlier reports that the helicopter with the chief minister on board had landed somewhere in eastern Bhutan," Sanjay said.

    The helicopter was scheduled to land in the state capital Itanagar at 11.30am on Saturday.

    The helicopter had two pilots, JS Babbar and KS Mallick, and three passengers on board, including the chief minister and his personal security officer Yeshi Choddak. The third passenger, a woman named Yeshi Lamu is a relative of the chief minister and sister of the Tawang Congress party MLA.

    "Two Indian Air Force helicopters each were waiting for take off from the Guwahati and Tezpur air bases in Assam and even a Sukhoi was kept on stand by for search operations. But heavy rains in Arunachal Pradesh had delayed any aerial search so far," Sanjay said.

    Two central ministers, Mukul Wasnik and V Narayanswamy, are arriving Itanagar on Sunday to oversee the search operations with both of them being rushed under express orders from the prime minister.

    The helicopter in question, AS350 B-3, is a single-engine chopper. In case of an engine failure, there are very slim chances of the helicopter making a safe landing.

    The incident came just days after another Pawan Hans helicopter crashed in Tawang April 19, killing 17 people and injuring six.

    The Pawan Hans Helicopter Services Limited (PHHL) has been operating five helicopters across Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura and daily Guwahati-Tawang services for the past nine years. It is one of the major lifelines of the landlocked Arunachal Pradesh.
     
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    Optimistic news just a few hours ago:


    And now dismay!


    What exactly is going on? Who exactly is this official in the text highlighted in red?
     
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    What is the latest on the issue?
     
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    Bad weather affects search operations of missing chopper


    Inclement weather on Sunday affected the aerial search to trace the missing helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others even as the Army, SSB, ITBP and the state police launched a massive ground operations to locate it.

    Defence sources said 30 columns of the Indian Army comprising 2,400 personnel from Tawang and Tenga were pressed in different locations along the Indo-Bhutan border on ground search. Six ITBP teams with 25 personnel each have also joined the ground search operations.

    More Army columns are likely to join soon while two Chetak helicopters from Guwahati and an MI-17 IAF chopper from Tawang are on sorties.

    IAF officials said in New Delhi that two Sukhoi-30 warplanes have been dispatched from Bareli to scan the general area using their special radars.

    Sukhoi planes have helped in locating the wreckage of the missing chopper of the then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in September, 2009. Reddy and four others on board the chopper died.

    Though the choppers were scheduled to begin search operations at 5.30 am, inclement weather delayed them by more than three hours.

    Search teams from the neighbouring Bhutan have also launched rescue operation in seven districts of the country, sources said.

    Union Ministers Mukul Wasnik and V Narayanswamy are on their way to Itanagar from New Delhi to monitor the search operations, official sources said.

    The four-seater single-engine Pawan Hans helicopter AS-B350-B-3 chopper went missing yesterday after 20 minutes of its take off from Tawang at 9.56 am last morning with five on board including crew members Captain J.S. Babbar, Captain T.S. Mamik, Mr. Khandu’s security officer Yeshi Choddak and a lady Yeshi Lhamu, sister of Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondup.

    The chopper was to land at Itanagar at about 11.30 am.

    The Guwahati air traffic control had reportedly received the last radio communication from the chopper near Sela Pass area, 20 minutes after take off from Tawang.

    Sela Pass is at about 13,750 feet above sea level where weather changes drastically within minutes.

    Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Pavan Verma said that the operations were being done by the Indian Government and the Bhutanese authorities were providing all cooperation.

    “Since yesterday the Bhutanese have been most cooperative,” he said.

    Mr. Khandu’s helicopter was the third to get into trouble in the northeast in the last fortnight.

    On April 19, a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed at Tawang heliport, bordering Tibet, killing 17 people and injuring six others on board.

    Arunachal has witnessed a large number of air crashes.

    In November 1997, the then Minister of State for Defence N.V.N. Somu, Major General Ramesh Nagpal and two others died when their Cheetah helicopter hit a 1,300 feet peak, 40 kilometers from Tawang.

    In May 2001, Arunachal Pradesh Education Minister Dera Natung and five others were killed when their Pawan Hans aircraft crashed near Tawang because of poor visibility.

    In 2009, an IAF AN-32 aircraft crashed at Mechunka killing all 13 defence personnel on board. Eleven Air Force personnel and an Army Lieutenant Colonel were killed when an Air Force MI-17 helicopter crashed near the China frontier on November 19, last year a minute after take off.
     
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    if the helo speed is around 200kmph, with in 20 minutes of take-off it went missing means ,they have to search with in 60-80 km radius from where it took off , which is a small area. He was quoted as being anti Chinese and ex army intelligence ,hope he is not abducted.
     
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    Whenever a chopper or a aircraft goes down in India everytime we can hear bad weather as excuse from our search teams.
     
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