Kedarnath helicopter crash: Death toll rises to 7

Helicopter carrying Kedarnath pilgrims from Phata crashed on October 18
Helicopter carrying Kedarnath pilgrims from Phata crashed on October 18 | ANI Photo

The death toll in the helicopter crash near Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on October 18 rose to seven, said the official.

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The incident took place around 11:40 am on October 18 when the chopper was heading towards Guptkashi.

“Seven people died in the crash. The incident took place around 11:40 am. The chopper took place from Kedarnath and was heading towards Guptkashi. The cause of the accident will be known after a proper investigation,” said C Ravi Shankar, CEO of Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority.

The Uttarakhand Police and teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have reached the spot where the helicopter crashed.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also ordered a detailed probe into the crash of a helicopter near Kedarnath in Uttarakhand.

According to DGCA, Aryan Aviation Bell-407 helicopter VT-RPN with five passengers took off from Kedarnathji Dham for GuptKashi.

The weather was Cloudy over Garud Chatti. In a valley near Garud Chatti, a loud noise was heard and the helicopter caught fire. This is for the present information.

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed condolences and said that a detailed inquiry has been ordered into this tragic incident.

“Very sad news has been received about the casualties of some people in the unfortunate helicopter crash at Garuda Chatti near Kedarnath. The SDRF and district administration teams have reached the spot for relief and rescue work. A detailed inquiry has been ordered into this tragic incident,” Dhami tweeted.

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President Droupadi Murmu and prime minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief to the bereaved families of the seven people who died in the helicopter crash.

President Murmu expressed her condolences to families who lost their loved ones in the crash.

“The news of the death of many pilgrims including the pilot in the helicopter crash near Kedarnath Dham is very sad. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones,” the president said in a tweet.

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