Another air crash topped Nepali headlines.
This time claiming the lives of some important people for the nation.
A sudden helicopter crash took place in Pathibhara, Taplejung (Sisne of Fungling Municipality-10) on February 27, 2019, confirmed Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs.
The incident has reportedly claimed lives of seven people including that of Nepal Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, informed Taplejung Airport officials to Biratnagar air traffic control tower.
The crashed Air Dynasty helicopter was carrying a team of government officials, who were on their trip to carry out a feasibility study for Chuhandanda in neighboring Tehrathum district, said the Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai.
Along with Tourism Minister, prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur Ang Tsering Sherpa, personal aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli Yubaraj Dahal, two CAAN officials and Captain Prabhakar KC are among who lost lives in the crash.
According to Pratap Babu Tiwari, CAAN Spokesperson, the crash has claimed the lives of all the seven on board.
As per the prime witness of the crash Umanath Paudel (a health worker at Pathibhara Mandir), there was a huge snowfall in the forest area where the crash happened.
The helicopter crashed exactly a minute after it took off from the Pathibhara temple, where the team had landed to offer worship before returning to Kathmandu.
According to another eye witness, the air carrier had hit the cliff and burst into pieces, completely burning the seven victims, with just one dead body recovered.
“Our people are about to reach the site of the crash and we will know more then,” informed IGP Khanal. A team of rescue personnel including Nepal Army and Nepal Police has been deployed to the site.
RIP THE DECEASED!
Nepali Sansar deep condolences to the deceased. May the souls of the departed rest in peace!