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Helicopter crashes in Badrinath; Engineer killed, 2 pilots injured

10 June 2017

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. The helicopter belonged to Mumbai-based private operator Krestal Aviation.

The pilot of the chopper, Sanjay Waze, complained of slight backache, while co-pilot Alka Shukla, a resident of Kanpur, suffered minor injury.

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Chamoli Superintendent of Police Tripti Bhatt said the Agusta 119 helicopter fell after getting misbalanced while taking off owing to insufficient air pressure. The company is providing its services on the routes for the first time, officials said. The two pilots suffered minor injuries, whereas all five passengers - Ramesh Patel, Navin Patel, his wife Jyotsana, Harish Daswad and his wife Leela, all from Vadodara in Gujarat - escaped unhurt. The DGCA said it was investigating the incident. DGCA Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy has ordered a magisterial probe.

Commissioner of the Garhwal region, Vinod Sharma informed that Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Joshimath has been assigned the probe. 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.

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The Opposition Congress, meanwhile, blamed the BJP government for failing to monitor the aviation industry.

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Helicopter crashes in Badrinath; Engineer killed, 2 pilots injured