An Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT) Cheetah helicopter crashed in eastern Bhutan on Friday, killing two people, including a Bhutanese national. The chopper that took off from Khirmu in Arunachal Pradesh lost contact near Yonphula, the Army said, adding that the wreckage has been located.
"In an unfortunate incident, an Indian Army helicopter has crashed at 1 pm near Yonphula in Bhutan. The helicopter went out of radio and visual contact soon after 1 pm. The helicopter was on way from Khirmu (Arunanchal) to Yonphula on duty," Army sources said in a statement.
"Ground search and rescue was launched immediately from Yonphula. The wreckage has been located. IAF and Army helicopters were also launched from Misamari, Guwahati and Hashimara," it added.
The single engine Cheetah helicopter was piloted by an Indian and a Royal Bhutanese Army pilots, army sources said, adding there were no survivors.
The pilots have been identified as Lieutenant Colonel Rajneesh Parmar, and Captain Kalzang Wangdi of the Royal Bhutan Army.
Army's IMTRAT undertakes training of pilots of friendly nations.