Tawang District Commissioner G Padu informed that 17 people were "presumed dead" and six people were rescued.
Sources informed that the helicopter had started from Guwahati and crashed near hilltop in Tawang town falling from a height of 15 metre into the gorge, Pawan Hans. Rescue operation continues, sources reported.
5 killed, 9 injured in helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh
On Tuesday, Apr 19, a civilian helicopter crashed at around 12:40 PM at the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Five people have been killed and more than nine people were injured in the accident. There were 23 people on board. (Watch Video)
In Nov 2010, 12 defence personnel were killed on board when an Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-17 helicopter crashed at Bomdir near Tawang.