Indian helicopter crash near Chinese border, seven dead

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An Indian air force helicopter has crashed in the country’s remote northeast border with China, killing all seven crew members and passengers.

The helicopter—a Russian-made Mi-17—went down during a routine flight in the mountainous Tawang area in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, said defense spokesman Suneet Newton.

He said that the cause of the accident was not known immediately.

According to an Indian official who spoke on condition of anonymity, the helicopter that had both air force and army personnel on board was carrying supplies for Indian military posts close to the border with China, AP reported.

India were recently involved in a military standoff with China over the remote, uninhabited territory known as Doklam, which is a thin strip of land in the junction with Indian ally, Bhutan.

The standoff, which involved both Indiana and Chinese troops, began in June, when New Delhi deployed troops to stop China building a road in the Doklam area, after the Bhutanese government issued a formal complaint.

India said Chinese military activity in the area is a threat to the security of its own northeast region. China, however, said India had no role to play in the area and called on it to withdraw unilaterally or face the prospect of an escalation.

India eventually agreed to withdraw its forces and remove military equipment from the region.

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