New Delhi, May 5: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, on Thursday condoled the sad demise of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who was killed in a chopper crash in Luguthang near Tawang District
“I am sorry to know about the demise of Dorjee Khandu, the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh. The co-passengers have also died in the crash. My sympathies for the bereaved families,” Swaraj said on Twitter.
Swaraj has emphasised on the need for a stricter air safety code to prevent helicopter mishaps. We must devise a stricter air safety code to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future,” she said.
After four days of search by over 3,000 security forces and choppers, the wreckage was located at Kyela on Wednesday.
Khandu’s last rites would be performed at his native village in Tawang on Friday.
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.
Apart from Khandu, the people on board included crew members Captain J S Babbar and Captain K S Malick, Khandu’s security officer Yeshi Choddak and Yeshi Lamu, sister of Tawang legislator Tsewang Dhondup. (ANI)