Tahklka News Bureau
killed seven others injured after eight-seater chopper crashed near the
Badrinath shrine in Uttrakhand on Sunday morning, police said. The chopper as
carrying a pilgrim family back to Haridwar from the shrine after 'darshan'.
The Mumbai based aviation company chopper was carrying eight passengers on board including three staff took off normally but soon lost balance and crashed in the nearby thickets, officials said.
Vikram Lamba, the engineer of the chopper, hailing from Assam, jumped from mid-air and was sliced by the rotor of the helicopter. He died on the spot.
The pilgrim family from Vadodra in Gujarat and after aid they have been sent by road to Haridwar.
The passengers injured in the accident were identified as Jashodaben, Naveen Bhai Patel, Leela Ben Pateel, Harish Bhai and Ramesh Bhai.
The pilot Sanjay Vange is from Pune and co-pilot Alka Shukla hails from Kanpur, both are safe. They escaped with minor injuries.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been informed of the accident, officials said.
Commissioner of the Garhwal region, Vinod Sharma informed that Sub-Division Magestrate (SDM) of Joshimath has been assigned th probe.