Helicopter crashes in India killing 17 domestic tourists

GUWAHATI, India - A helicopter packed

with Indian tourists crashed on Tuesday in mountains near the
Chinese border and 17 people were killed, police said.

The helicopter was carrying 23 people and caught fire as it

was preparing to land in the northeastern state of Arunanchal
Pradesh. It crashed into a gorge.

"Six people have been rescued with severe burn injuries,"

said G. Padu, a senior civil servant in the Tawang district
where the crash took place. "The rest of them are dead. Efforts
are on to recover their bodies."

The death toll was likely to rise, Padu said.

There were 18 passengers, including two children, and five

crew members on the Mi-17 helicopter, owned by the state-owned
Pawan Hans transport company.
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