New Delhi: An Altitude Airline with seven people on board, that was declared missing earlier, has been reportedly sighted and a rescue operation has been launched, according to news agency ANI.Also Read - Bride & Groom Flee Wedding Midway as Cops Raid Venue Over Violation of Covid Norms
Nepal Civil Aviation Authority said, “The Chopper is spotted in a place called Satyawati inside a dense forest. Crash site lies at an altitude of 5500 feet & rescue operation is being attempted, but the adverse weather is hindering operation.” Also Read - Nepal's New PM Sher Bahadur Deuba Wins Vote of Confidence in Parliament
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Earlier it was announced that the chopper with seven people on board went missing in central Nepal. The chopper, en route from Samagaun of Gorkha district to Kathmandu, went out of contact with the air traffic control tower at 8.05 a.m, the Kathmandu Post reported.
Managing Director at Altitude Air Pvt Ltd, Nima Nuru Sherpa, had said that there were six passengers including a Japanese tourist and five Nepalis on board.
According to ANI tweet, Nepal police said, “The chopper went off the radar and is seen in between the border of Nuwakot and Dhading district of Nepal. The status of the 7 passengers on board is not known. The acute weather is hindering the rescuers to get to the spot where it is spotted.”
Tribhuvan International Airport General Manager Rajkumar Chhetri said that the helicopter was supposed to land in the capital at 8.18 am.
Reportedly, Nepal has a booming private helicopter industry, flying tourists and goods to remote corners of the Himalayan nation where road access is limited or non-existent.
In 2016, seven people were killed in a helicopter crash 22 kilometers (14 miles) north of the capital.