Helicopter accident in Badrinath kills one, pilots suffer injuries

The engineer on board died after he got strangled in the blades of the chopper.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2017 11:20 am
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A helicopter engineer in Badrinath, Uttarakhand died on Saturday while two pilots suffered injuries after the chopper met with an accident. According to news agency PTI, the Agusta 119 helicopter, belonging to Mumbai-based private operator Krestal Aviation, was on its way to Haridwar, carrying five pilgrims, along with the two pilots and one engineer.

As per the police officials, the accident happened at 0745 hours. They further added the single-engine helicopter was disbalanced at the time of take off due to insufficient air pressure and fell down. Chamoli Superintendent of Police Tripti Bhatt also told PTI that the engineer Lama was hit by rotor blades. Captain Waje PIC and co-pilot Captain Alka were injured were reported to be out of danger.

All the five passengers are reported to be safe after the accident. An official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Delhi confirmed the death of the crew member and said the two pilots have suffered injuries. DGCA official also said that it was investigating the cause behind the accident.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. H
    Jun 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    Most of these type of one engine helicopters (Made in italy) it's too dangerous. Always meet accidents. And mountain area or city area these type of small helicopters to be interdiction to fly. India need all flying machines to be very restriction tested every time frequently. The DGCA investigation after accident better to check before no?
    1. bob Smith
      Jun 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm