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Helicopter crashes in Badrinath; one killed, 8 injured

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.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 10 Jun 2017, 02:59:15 PM
Helicopter crashes in Badrinath; one killed, 8 injured (File photo)

New Delhi:

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 received serious injuries in the crash while an engineer died on being stranded in helicopter’s blades. 

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.

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 got disbalanced 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, suffered minor 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 operator Krestal 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. 

(With PTI Inputs)

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First Published : 10 Jun 2017, 09:06:00 AM

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