Helicopter of Indian Air Force goes missing near China border

NEW DELHI: An Indian helicopter with three people on board has gone missing near the country’s border with China after taking off on a flood rescue mission, an official said on Tuesday.

The aircraft lost contact in Arunachal Pradesh state in India’s remote northeast amid turbulent weather, the defence official told AFP.

“The ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) had taken off from Tezpur airbase in Assam state around 4 pm (10:30 GMT),” he said, declining to be named.

India’s junior home minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted that efforts were on to locate the Indian Air Force helicopter, which was carrying relief material for flood-affected residents in the northeast of the country.

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