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7 including Tourism minister dead in chopper crash

Feb 27 2019 | 05:40 pm

Kathmandu: Seven people, including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Prasad Adhikari died when a chopper belonging to Air Dynasty crashed at Tarebhir of Taplejung today.

The helicopter carrying the team went for a feasibility study of an airport at Chuhandanda, Tehrathum crashed, killing all on board. The Ministry of Home Affairs, through a press conference today, confirmed the deaths of all seven including the minister and a captain in the crash.

The helicopter was found burnt when security persons reached the crash site at Darebhir of Taplejung. Tourism entrepreneur Aang Chhiring Sherpa, including Arjun Ghimire, officials of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Birendra Shrestha and Birendra Bahadur Budhathoki and Prime Minister’s personal aide Under Secretary Yubaraj Dahal were also on board the ill-fated helicopter.

The incident site is remote and two helicopters of Nepali Army have already left for the crash site to bring the mortal remains to Kathmandu. The team was returning to Kathmandu after visiting the temple of Hindu deity Pathibhara in Taplejung following the completion of the programme at Chuhandanda, Tehrathum. The accident site lies just in a distance of 1.5 kilometers from the temple.

Panipokhari

Kathmandu, Nepal

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