Seven dead as helicopter carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims crashes in Katra

Seven people were killed on Monday when a helicopter carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims crashed near Katra in Jammu region, police said.

FP Staff November 24, 2015 10:57:01 IST
Seven dead as helicopter carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims crashes in Katra

Jammu: Seven people were killed on Monday when a helicopter carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims crashed near Katra in Jammu region, police said. According to India Today, the helicopter was hit was a bird after which the helicopter caught fire.

Seven dead as helicopter carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims crashes in Katra

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CNN-IBN quoted the Inspector-General, Jammu as saying that a technical fault may have led to the crash and the matter is under investigation. An NDTV report said that the crash may have taken place because of the fog, and noted that a number of flights had been unable to land at Jammu airport because of the fog on Monday morning.

A police officer told IANS that the pilot was among the dead. The crash took place in Reasi district. Police personnel rushed to the site to see if there were any survivors.

The helicopter belonged to a private firm named Himalayan Heli Services, which also runs services for the Char Dham Yatra, according to the NDTV report.

With inputs from IANS

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