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Army Cheetah chopper crashes near Tawang; one pilot killed

The incident happened while the chopper was on a routine sortie, Tezpur-based Defence PRO Lt Col AS Walia said.

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Itanagar: An Army aviation Cheetah helicopter flying in the forward area near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh crashed on Wednesday, killing one of the two pilots on board, a defence spokesman said.

The incident happened while the chopper was on a routine sortie, Tezpur-based Defence PRO Lt Col AS Walia said.

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“Both the pilots were evacuated to the nearest Military Hospital. With regret we inform that one of the pilots who was critically injured succumbed to the injuries during treatment. The second pilot is under medical treatment,” he said.

The cause of the crash at this stage is not known. Details are being ascertained, the defence PRO added.

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