Gulmarg cable car crash kills five, including family from Delhi, as tree hits Gondola tower

Five tourists were killed in Gulmarg after a cable car was hit by a tree and many tourists were stranded due to the accident.

FP Staff June 25, 2017 17:02:31 IST
Gulmarg cable car crash kills five, including family from Delhi, as tree hits Gondola tower

Five people were killed in Gulmarg, a popular tourist spot in Jammu and Kashmir, after a gondola car cabin crashed hundreds of meters down to the ground after its cable snapped. The cable car service has been suspended for the time being and rescue operations are underway, the news report stated.

A tree fell on the ropeway of Gulmarg Gondola and snapped it leading to the cable car falling down, a police official said.

Out of the five, four belonged to one family from Delhi's Shalimar Bagh, the official said. They have been identified as Jayant Andraskar, his wife Manshea Andraskar and their two daughters – Anagha and Janhvi, he said.
A local, Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Chonti Patri Babareshi was also killed, the official said.

Another report in Hindustan Timessaid that among those killed was also a local tour guide. ANI reported that a tree had fallen on the cable car because of strong winds in the area.

"Five persons including a couple and two children and a local were killed in the accident," a police officer said. "Rescue efforts are on to save people trapped in other cars of the gondola cable car project."

National Conference working president Omar Abdullah posted his condolences on Twitter.

The two-stage Gulmarg cable car lift ferries people to a height of 13,780 feet above the sea level. It is the world's second highest operating cable car project with a cabin capacity of ferrying 600 people in one hour.

With inputs from agencies

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