Search on to trace missing chopper of Arunachal CM Dorjee Khandu

Dharamsala, May 2 - The search operation is still on to trace the helicopter in which Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu and four others took off from Tawang on Saturday, and went missing after 20 minutes of take off. 

Khandu, the only Buddhist chief minister in India, is a follower of the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and met the Tibetan leader several times in the past. The Tibetan leader was in Tawang, Arunachal, on Khandu's invitation in 2009 on a visit to which China expressed its objection. 

"Hard weather condition are creating obstacles in aerial search operation but around 4000 rescuers including personnel from the army, SSB, ITBP and state police are on the task," state government spokesperson Jarbom Gamlin told reporters. 

Khandu’s helicopter was the third to get into trouble in the northeast in the last fortnight.

On April 19, a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed at Tawang heliport, bordering Tibet, killing 17 people and injuring six others on board.

Arunachal has witnessed a large number of air crashes.

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