Badrinath: Helicopter carrying pilgrims crashes; one killed
A helicopter with five pilgrims on board crashed soon after taking off from the Himalayan shrine of Badrinath in Uttarakhand.
A crew member (engineer) succumbed to injuries while two pilots were injured.
All the five passengers are reportedly safe.
The accident took place at around 7:45 am today; the helicopter was on its way to Haridwar from Badrinath.
Agusta-119 helicopter met with an accident: DGCA official
Chamoli Superintendent of Police Tripti Bhatt said the crew member was hit by the helicopter's rotor blades.
According to the DGCA official, it was an Agusta-119 helicopter that belonged to Krestal Aviation - a private operator based in Mumbai.
DGCA investigation underway
Chamoli SP Tripti Bhatt said the chopper had lost its balance during take-off due to insufficient air pressure and crashed soon after. The DGCA is investigating the matter. Pilot Sanjay Wasi and co-pilot Alka Shukla suffered minor injuries.