Sources in Arunachal Pradesh informed that Joshi was travelling from Khonsa to Longding district in the state. An aerial search operation has been launched by Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, sources stated, adding that the search parties have not found anything so far.

In 2011, then Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others were died after their Pawan Hans chopper crashed at a remote location in the state. A few days after the incident, another helicopter crashed while landing in Tawang in which 16 people were killed.

Following the crashes, commercial chopper services were stopped in the state till 2013, when Pawan Hans restarted its service in Arunachal Pradesh and other parts of the region.

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