Chopper services to Vaishno Devi suspended
The authorities have suspended the helicopter service to the cave-shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra, following the death of six pilgrims and a lady pilot in a crash.india Updated: Nov 24, 2015 15:57 IST
The authorities have suspended the helicopter service to the cave-shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra, following the death of six pilgrims and a lady pilot in a crash.
The services, suspended hours after the mishap on Tuesday, are likely to resume after a team of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) inspects the site.
“The team is arriving today. They will visit the accident site and will check the operating choppers as well,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Reasi, Sujit Kumar.
The DGCA inspection is being carried out after deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh ordered an inquiry into the incident, which was caused after a bird hit the helicopter’s tail rotor soon after take-off.
The 2010-make private chopper of Himalayan Heli Services was engulfed by flames mid-air, killing all on board.
All the deceased passengers - Arjun Singh, Mahesh, Vandana, Sachin, Amritpal and five-year-old Akshita - were pilgrims from Jammu.
Local residents in Katra , which is the base town of the shrine visited by millions of devotees every year, had also held protest demonstrations demanding suspension of chopper services.