Helicopter with 23 on board crashes in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar: A Pawans Hans helicopter with 23 people on board caught fire and crashed into a gorge while landing in Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

There was no immediate information on the fate of the passengers and crew, Pawan Hans sources said.

The helicopter, which had taken off from Guwahati at 1315 hrs, crashed near the helipad on a hilltop in Tawang town. It fell from a height of 15 metre into the gorge, the sources said.

The helicopter had 18 passengers on board, including two children. The five-member crew included Captain Barun Gupta and Captain Tiwari.

Rescue operations are on, the sources said.