An Indian air force helicopter has crashed in the country’s remote northeastern border with China, killing all seven crew members and passengers.
The helicopter—a Russian-made Mi-17—went down during a routine flight in the mountainous Tawang area in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, said defense spokesman Suneet Newton.
He said that the cause of the accident was not immediately known.
According to an Indian official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the helicopter that had both air force and army personnel on board was carrying supplies for Indian military posts close to the border with China.
India was recently involved in a military standoff with China over the remote, uninhabited territory known as Doklam, which is a thin strip of land in the junction with India’s ally, Bhutan.