Sunday, May 1, 2011


The ISRO has released the pictures taken by its two satellites from over the Tawnag region of Arunachal Pradesh. we are showing you the exclusive visuals of these photographs. We have seen that because of thick cloud, nothing much was visible. Clouds are clearly visible in these images. The ISRO spokesman told NETV that they have not been able to gather much from these pictures.Both the ISRO and the Indian Air Force are analyzing pictures taken over the Tawang-Itanagar helicopter router as the chopper carrying Arunachal chief minister Dorjee Khandu is still traceless more than 24 hours after it went missing. The ISRO used its satellites to map the area while two Sukhoi planes from Bareilly air base in UP made sorties over the heliciopter route and took pictures of the entire area. A Mi17 chopper of the Indian Air Force which went looking for the missing helicopter made two sorties before bad weather forced it to return today. The helicopter from Tawang searched the Bhutan areas besides the Tawang-Itanagar route. Four Cheetah helicopters and two MI 17 choppers ate on stand-by at Tezpur and Guwahati, but could not take off because of the weather. 30 columns of the Indian Army comprising 2,400 personnel from Tawang and Tenga were searching on the ground for the missing helicopter on the Indo-Bhutan border. Six ITBP teams with 25 personnel each also joined the ground search operations. Meanwhile, the state-owned Pawan Hans has defended itself by saying that the helicopter was four-months old and in perfect condition technically. In a statement, Pawan Hans said VIPs had used the chopper previously without experiencing any problem. The defence of the chopper came as Chief Minister Khandu's adviser Kiren Rijiju said there was need to take a strong view on the maintenance capabilities of Pawan Hans. Though some Arunachal Pradesh Government officials have said the chopper has made an emergency landing in Bhutan, the Bhutanese Government has said that no such emergency landing has been made. External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has reportedly spoken to his Bhutanese counterpart Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering and requested him to provide assistance in the search and rescue effort. The Indian Space Research Organisation deployed two satellites to search for the missing chopper. The search operation is being conducted under the supervision of the commander of the Army 4 Corps. Bhutanese forces are moving to the east of their country to meet up with their Indian counterparts and join in the search operation. Over one thousand villagers living along the Arunachal Pradesh-Bhutan border fanned out early on Sunday morning to search for the missing helicopter. The missing Pawan Hans AS350 B-3 helicopter that took off from Tawang at 9.50 a.m. on Saturday lost communication with the ground after it flew past the Sela Pass along the Chinese border about 20 to 25 minutes later. The helicopter was scheduled to land in Itanagar at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday. The state government has also set up a crisis management cell with Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Yeshi Tsering, Civil Aviation Commissioner Hage Khoda, Home Secretary A K Srivastav, Inspector General of Police S.B.K. Singh, Deputy Inspector General Police Robin Hibu, Deputy Inspector General of Police Anil Shukla, City Deputy Commissioner Pawan Kumar Sain and Superintendent of Police Apang Tamut as its members. Apart from Khandu, the people on board included crew members Captain J S Babbar and Captain KS Malick, Khandu"s security officer Yeshi Choddak and Yeshi Lamu, sister of Tawang legislator Tsewang Dhondup. The missing helicopter, AS350 B-3, is a single-engine chopper. In case of an engine failure, there are very slim chances of the helicopter making a safe landing.


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