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Details on Arunachal chopper crash may emerge by evening news
03 May 2011

Itanagar: Rescue teams trudging towards the 13,700 feet Se La Pass may provide the first information on what may have happened to the Pawan Hans helicopter carrying the state chief minister, Dorjee Khandu, that crashed in the area more than 72 hours back.

Lake at Se La Pass"We should be able to provide some definite information about the missing helicopter by 4 pm with army and paramilitary troopers trained to operate in high altitude areas expected to reach the location pinpointed by the ISRO radar," Wasnik, social justice and empowerment minister, informed media personnel.

Rescue teams, specially trained for high altitude work, are moving on foot to the snow-capped mountain ranges near Se La Pass where some metallic objects have been detected by radar of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as well as the Indian Air Force.

Bad weather conditions have acted as a constant deterrent, delaying the entire search exercise. Rescue teams, comprising of army, police, and paramilitary troopers, are moving forward very slowly towards a place identified as Nagarjiji.

Late Monday, ISRO claimed to have located metallic substances at a place called Nagarjiji area near the Se La Pass, perched at an altitude of 13,700 feet, in Tawang district.

The ISRO radar spotted some metallic pieces which may be the wreckage of the helicopter.

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Details on Arunachal chopper crash may emerge by evening