4 killed in Nepal chopper crash, second such accident in a month

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Jun 02, 2015 20:27 IST

Four persons including a woman were killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal on Tuesday afternoon.

Initial reports say the helicopter belonging to private operator Mountain Air was on a mission to provide relief to quake affected areas when it hit an electric wire and crashed around 4:10pm (IST).

"The accident took place at Balekhi. Bodies of four persons have been found at the crash site," said Nepal Police spokesperson Kamal Singh Bam. Rescue efforts are underway.

News reports quoting local witnesses say the chopper caught fire after it crashed into a hill. The bodies of three persons were completely burnt while the fourth victim was found in partially burnt condition.

This is the second helicopter crash in Nepal since the April 25 earthquake. On May 12, another helicopter belonging to US Marines had crashed during a relief operation.

Burnt bodies of six US Marines and two Nepal Army personnel were recovered from the crash site four days later. The reason for the accident is yet to be ascertained.

Earlier on Tuesday another tragedy was averted when a Let L-410 aircraft belonging to a private operator Goma Air made an emergency landing in Pokhara airport after its nose gear failed to deploy.

All 18 passengers on the plane on way from Jomsom to Pokhara escaped unhurt after the plane skidded on the runway before coming to a halt.


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