Guwahati : Seven security personnel including 5 of Indian Air Force (IAF) and two army officials were died an IAF chopper crashed in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang region on Friday morning, officials said.
The incident took place about 12-15 km away from China border.
According to the reports, the Mi-17 V5 chopper of the IAF was crashed at Topugarh area about 130-km from Tawang nearby China border at around 6-10 am.
A top official of IAF said that, seven people including two army officials and five IAF personnel were on board.
'The chopper took off around 5-10 am from Khirmu helipad and the chopper was crashed around 6-10 am in the high-altitude of 17000 ft at Topugarh area near Yangchi, around 130-km away from Tawang due to technical snag,' the top IAF official said.
The top IAFofficial said that, the chopper was on an maintenance mission for delivering kerosene jerry canes.
Meanwhile, Arunachal police confirmed that all bodies have been recovered.
'IAF personnel Wing Commander Vikram Upadhay, Squardon Leader S Tiwari, MWO AK Singh, Sgt. Gautam, Sgt. Satish Kumar and Indian army officials Sep. E Balaji, Sep. HN Deka were on board of the chopper and they were not survive in the incident,' a top official of Arunachal Police said.
Meanwhile, the authorities have ordered a court probe into the crash.
In last May, two pilots of the IAF were killed after a Sukhoi - 30 fighter jet crashed at a remote area along Assam - Arunachal Pradesh border.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)