New Delhi: Six pilgrims on board were severely injured on Monday after a UT Air helicopter crash-landed while taking off at a helipad in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand. Also Read - Uttarakhand Colleges, Universities to Reopen From March 1 For First Time After Lockdown
According to reports, the tail end of the chopper hit an object on the ground during take-off due to a technical snag, causing the helicopter to crash. However, no casualties have been reported so far. Also Read - Uttarakhand Flash Floods: 134 Missing People To Be Declared Dead
The pilgrims were returning from Kedarnath to Fata in the chopper when the pilot soon on taking off suddenly realised that it had developed a technical issue, Rudraprayag District Disaster Management Officer Harish Chandra Sharma said. Also Read - Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Strikes Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand
“As the helicopter was making an emergency landing on the helipad its rear portion hit an object, perhaps a railing,” he said.
“Luckily, all on board the helicopter are safe,” he said, adding that seven persons, including the pilot, were on board the helicopter when the incident happened.
In August, a similar incident took place in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand where a helicopter carrying relief materials, engaged in rescue operations for flood-hit areas in the state.
Three people including the pilot, co-pilot and a local resident were killed after the chopper erupted in flames as it lost control on getting entangled in overhead electrical wires.