On Tuesday, a helicopter carrying Kedarnath pilgrims from Phata crashed in which around six people lost their lives, as per the preliminary reports.
As per the reports, a chopper with five passengers and crew crashed while operating from Kedarnath to Guptkashi.
The Aryan Aviation Bell-407 helicopter (VT-RPN) ran into cloudy weather at Garud Chatti and crashed in a valley there, confirmed DGCA.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) ordered a detailed probe into the crash of a helicopter near Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. “Six people, including one pilot and five passengers, who were traveling onboard the helicopter which crashed have died in the incident,” said Abhinav Kumar, Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.
According to DGCA, Aryan Aviation Bell-407 helicopter VT-RPN with five passengers took off from Kedarnathji Dham for GuptKashi.
According to the authorities, several people may also be stuck inside.
#WATCH | Uttarakhand: A helicopter carrying Kedarnath pilgrims from Phata crashes, casualties feared; administration team left for the spot for relief and rescue work. Further details awaited pic.twitter.com/sDf4x1udlJ
— ANI (@ANI) October 18, 2022
The administration, however has left for the spot and the rescue operation may begin soon.
As per preliminary info, DGCA India says: “A Bell 407 helicopter VT-RPN belonging to a Delhi based NSOP holder M/s Aryan Aviation has crashed on way from Kedarnath to Guptkashi, possibly due to bad weather. Total number of passengers six and one Pilot were on board.”
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief towards the incident.
“Anguished by the helicopter crash in Uttarakhand. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” tweeted Modi.
Anguished by the helicopter crash in Uttarakhand. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 18, 2022
Terming the incident as ‘unfortunate’, President Droupadi Murmu extended her condolences to the family through twitter.
केदारनाथ धाम के पास हुए हेलीकॉप्टर दुर्घटना में पायलट सहित कई तीर्थयात्रियों के निधन का समाचार बहुत दुखद है। अपने प्रियजनों को खोने वाले परिवारों के प्रति मैं गहन शोक-संवेदनाएं व्यक्त करती हूं।
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 18, 2022
Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Home Minister Amit Shah termed the incident as “unfortunate”.
केदारनाथ में श्रद्धालुओं को ले जा रहे हेलिकॉप्टर के क्रैश की घटना बहुत दुःखद है। इस दुर्घटना में जान गवाने वाले सभी लोगों के परिजनों के प्रति संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ। ईश्वर उन्हें यह दुःख सहने की शक्ति दें।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 18, 2022