New Delhi, March 16: Two pilots were killed after an Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter flying an operational sortie near Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China crashed near Mandala, west of Bomdila, on Thursday. The Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the crash, said a defence spokesperson.
#LtGenRPKalita #ArmyCdrEC & All Ranks offer tribute to the supreme sacrifice of Lt Col VVB Reddy & Maj Jayanth A, in the line of duty at Mandala, #ArunachalPradesh while carrying out operational flying of Cheetah Helicopter. #IndianArmy stands firm with the bereaved families pic.twitter.com/XimeZQ0pan
— EasternCommand_IA (@easterncomd) March 16, 2023
The two pilots who were flying the chopper were Lt Col VVB Reddy and Major Jayanth A.
A Press release issued earlier in the day read, “An Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter flying an operational sortie near Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh was reported to have lost contact with the ATC at around 09:15 AM on 16 March 23. It is reported to have crashed near Mandala, West of Bomdila. Search parties have been launched.