The Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited has delivered an Mi-172 helicopter on wet lease to the Arunachal Pradesh government for resumption of passenger services that were suspended after the helicopter accident on April 30, 2011, that killed the then Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
An official of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Aviation Department told The Hindu on Sunday that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki would take the final decision on routes and timings for the Pawan Hans helicopter services once the necessary safety clearance was obtained. The government had invited bids for twin engine large helicopter (Mi-172/Mi-171 or equivalent) not older than five years.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended the Pawan Hans service in the northeast region from May 5, 2011 to June 6, 2011 after two helicopter crashes —one on April 19, 2011 of an Mi-172 and the second on April 30, 2011 of an AS 350 B3.
In the first accident, the Mi-172 helicopter with 23 persons on board flying on the Guwahati-Tawang sector crashed at the Tawang helipad while landing, killing 19 persons, including two crew members.