Badrinath helicopter crash: In a shocking incident earlier this morning, a helicopter engineer was killed in Badrinath, Uttarakhand after a chopper failed to take off from the Himalayan shrine. As per a PTI report, two pilots of the helicopter suffered injuries while the five passengers were reported safe. The engineer died after the helicopter could not gain height resulting in the accident. The report further said that the passengers and pilots of the chopper were safe but the engineer on board died after he got strangled in the rotor blades.
Speaking to PTI, an official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Delhi said that an engineer, who was part of the crew, died in the accident, while the two pilots suffered injuries.
Further reporting about the incident, Tripti Bhatt, Superintendent of Police in Chamoli informed that the engineer was hit by blades of the chopper. The police officer said the helicopter got unbalanced while taking off due to insufficient air pressure and fell down.
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The accident took place around 07:45 am on Saturday. The helicopter, Agusta 119, belonged to Krestal Aviation, a Mumbai-based private operator. The chopper was on its way from Badrinath to Haridwar. DGCA said it was investigating the matter. The authorities have ordered a probe into the incident and a team has been sent to the site for further investigation. The report further stated that the helicopter was on its way back from Govindghat, but due to bad weather, and heavy shower, the chopper had to make an emergency landing in order to avoid any uncomely incident.