Helicopter crashes in northeast India killing 17

April 20, 2011 - 0:0

GAUHATI (AP) – Police say a helicopter has crashed in India's remote northeast, killing at least 17 people.

Police official S.N. Mosobi says the helicopter with 23 people on board was about to land at a helipad Tuesday when it hit a wall and burst into flames. The MI-17 chopper was trying to land in the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Tawang near the border with China.
Mosobi says the six who survived are in a hospital in Tawang.
There were 18 passengers and five crew members aboard the helicopter, which was on a regular flight between Tawang and Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.