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May 01, 2011 at 06:32pm IST

ISRO roped in to trace Arunachal CM chopper

New Delhi: All out efforts are on to find Arunachal CM's missing chopper. The Indian Space Research Organisation is also pitching in on the hunt.

The ISRO has released satellite images to help locate the missing helicopter. These satellite images show the weather condition and the terrain of the area where the chopper is believed to have gone missing. The space agency has deployed two satellites to search for the missing chopper of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

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The Government on Saturday night alerted the Department of Space and ISRO for help in locating the whereabouts of the missing helicopter carrying Dorjee Khandu and four others.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said that Indian satellites have made two passes over the probable area from where the Pawan Hans helicopter went missing 20 minutes after takeoff from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. He added that the Pawan Hans helicopter carries a a location transponder that can communicate at 406 MHz frequency in the event of any emergency or it could also be manually operated.

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Pillai said depending upon the weather on Sunday morning IAF helicopters from Dibrugarh and Jorhat would carry out aerial recee.

He said there was some confusion about reports that the helicopter had been located but actually it still remains untraced.

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With PTI inputs