One killed and 8 others injured after a helicopter crashed in Badrinath on Monday. The helicopter was taking off for a flight carrying 9 people but could not gain height and crashed.
Passengers and pilot receivedÂ serious injuries in theÂ crash while an engineer died on being stranded in helicopterâ€™s blades.Â
The helicopter belonged to Castle Aviation Company from Mumbai.
All the five passengers were safe. An official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Delhi said that an engineer, who was part of the crew, died in the accident, while the two pilots suffered injuries.
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Chamoli Superintendent of Police Tripti Bhatt told news agency PTI on the phone that the engineer, identified as Vikram Lamba, who hailed from Assam, was hit by rotor blades.
The police officer said the helicopter gotÂ disbalancedÂ while taking off due to insufficient air pressure and fell down.
The accident took place around 0745 hrs.
The pilot of the chopper, Sanjay Waze, complained of
slight backache, while co-pilot Alka Shukla, a resident of Kanpur, sufferedÂ minorÂ injury.
All the pilgrims were from Vadodara in Gujarat and they had left for their respective destinations, the police officer said.
The Agusta 119 helicopter, belonging to Mumbai-based private operatorÂ KrestalÂ Aviation, was on its way from Badrinath to Haridwar.
Teams of the DGCA and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) have rushed to the spot. The AAIB will probe the accident, a senior DGCA official said.Â
(With PTI Inputs)