Report: Helicopter carrying 23 people crashes in northeast India

April 19th, 2011 - 6:36 pm ICT by BNO News  

TAWANG, INDIA (BNO NEWS) — A Pawan Hans helicopter carrying more than 20 people crashed in far northeastern India on Tuesday afternoon, local media reported.

The accident happened at around 2 p.m. local time when the Pawan Hans helicopter crashed into a gorge while landing in Tawang, a small town in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh state. Few details were immediately available.

CNN-IBN reported that at least five people had been killed in the accident, and that the Indian Army has launched a rescue operation. The fate of the others on board, which include five crew members and two children, was not immediately known.

The helicopter had reportedly taken off from the eastern city of Guwahati at around 1.15 p.m. local time. It belongs to Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, which provides helicopter services in India.

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