A chopper carrying pilgrims crashed into a mountainous rock, due to bad weather and poor visibility, 2 km away from Kedarnath Dham on Tuesday in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand.
Sources told The New Indian that all seven people including one pilot that the helicopter was carrying died in the helicopter crash. The local people reached the spot just after the accident took place. All the flying of helicopters stopped with immediate effect.
According to the sources, the helicopter crashed near Garud Chatti while it was returning to Guptkashi from Kedarnath at around 11:30 am on Tuesday. Police with SDRF, DDRF and other Rescue teams reached the place after the accident took place, and the rescue operation is underway. Aviation Regulator sources said a loud noise was heard before the Aryan Aviation Bell-407 helicopter VT caught fire near Garud Chatti.
“The helicopter crash in Kedarnath is extremely unfortunate. We are in touch with the State government to ascertain the magnitude of the loss, and are constantly monitoring the situation,” Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted.
Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the tragic crash. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. May God give them the strength to bear this loss. https://t.co/5n660apTH9
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) October 18, 2022
“The helicopter accident happened due to bad weather and dense fog. A total of 7 people including captain Anil Singh died in the accident. Purva Ramya, Urvi, Prem Kumar, Kala, Sujata, and Kartik were the passenger from Gujrat, Karnataka and Jharkhand. The govt has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the matter,” said C Ravi Shankar, CEO, Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority in a press conference.
“Anguished by the helicopter crash in Uttarakhand. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” PM tweeted.
Anguished by the helicopter crash in Uttarakhand. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 18, 2022
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