India: Top official's body found at crash site

AP News
Posted: May 05, 2011 3:05 AM

India says the body of the chief minister of a northeastern state has been recovered from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a densely forested area in the Himalayan foothills.

Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Thursday that the body of Dorjee Khandu, the top elected official of Arunachal Pradesh, had been taken to the state capital, Itanagar.

The single-engine helicopter carrying Khandu and four others lost radio contact and crashed Saturday about 20 minutes after taking off from the Buddhist mountain retreat of Tawang.

It was located Wednesday in a remote mountainous area of Arunachal Pradesh after a five-day search.

A state funeral for the popular chief minister will be held Friday in Itanagar.