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1 killed, 7 injured as chopper crashes near Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand

The engineer, fearing for his life, jumped mid-air and was sliced by the rotor of the helicopter

IANS  |  Dehradun 

Helicopter failed to take off and crashed in Badrinath

One person was killed and seven others injured when an eight-seater chopper crashed near the shrine in on Saturday morning, police said.

The Mumbai-based aviation company's chopper was carrying a pilgrim family back to from the shrine after their 'darshan' when the accident took place.

The with eight passengers on board, including three staff members took off normally but soon lost balance and crashed in the nearby thickets, officials said.

The engineer of the chopper, Vikram Lamba, a resident of Assam, fearing for his life jumped mid-air and was sliced by the rotor of the He died on the spot.

The pilgrim family was from Vadodra in Gujarat and after first aid, they have been sent by road to

The passengers who sustained minor injuries have been identified as Jashodaben, Naveen Bhai Patel, Leela Ben Patel, Harish Bhai and Ramesh Bhai.

The pilot, Sanjay Vange who is from Pune and co-pilot, Alka Shukla who hails from Kanpur are safe. They escaped with minor injuries.

Officials informed that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been informed of the accident.

DGCA Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

Commissioner of the Garhwal region, Vinod Sharma informed that Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Joshimath has been assigned the probe.



First Published: Sat, June 10 2017. 11:03 IST