GAUCHAR, India (AP) — Paramilitary soldiers today recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in northern India where a helicopter crashed while on a mission to rescue people stranded in monsoon floods, the country’s air force chief said.
The helicopter crashed late Tuesday when its rotor blades hit the hillside while returning with survivors of flooding and landslides that have killed more than 1,000 people and washed away thousands of homes, roads and bridges since mid-June in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.
Soldiers using ropes reached the crash site early today and found the bodies of 20 people, including five air force crew members, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne told reporters.
The helicopter’s cockpit voice recorder was recovered.