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An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Sikkim on Thursday due to inclement weather, official sources said.

The Mi-17 helicopter of IAF was on routine air maintenance sortie from Chaten to Mukutang in Sikkim.

The helicopter got airborne at around 6:45 am and en route, it had a force landing 10 NM short of designated helipad due to bad weather.

While the helicopter has sustained damage, all six personnel on board (four aircrew of IAF and two personnel of Indian Army) are reported to be safe.

One person has sustained injury.

Two recovery helicopters and an Army ground search party have been launched for rescue and are yet to reach the site.

An investigation has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Further details are awaited.

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