MASSIVE SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATION HAMPERED BY INCLEMENT WEATHER
GANGTOK, 21 April: An army new helicopter has gone missing in North Sikkim and is feared to have crashed. Army sources have confirmed that the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Army Aviation Corps had taken off with a crew of four from a base in Siliguri and lost radio contact at around 11.30 a.m. while on a routine sortie over North Sikkim.
The fate of the helicopter and the crew remains uncertain and a search and rescue operation launched towards the Yumesamdong axis was hobbled by bad weather.
Sources inform that the last radio contact with the chopper was when it was in the Yumisamdong area which is under a fresh cover of snow is also thickly forested. This area is around 15 kilometers above Yumthang beyond Lachung in North Sikkim.