New Delhi: A helicopter engineer died on Saturday when he got caught in the blades of the chopper in Uttarakhand’s Badrinath on Saturday. The pilot, co-pilot and five passengers were reported to be safe.
The accident reportedly occurred at 7:45am when the Haridwar-bound chopper took off but failed to gain altitude due to low pressure.
IANS reported that the helicopter took off normally but soon lost balance. Chopper engineer Vikram Lamba, a resident of Assam, fearing for his life, reportedly jumped out mid-air and was sliced by the rotor of the helicopter.
The chopper, an eight-seater AgustaWestland AW119 Koala, belonged to Mumbai-based Krestal Aviation, Tripti Bhatt, SP of Chamoli district told CNN-News18. The pilgrims, who belonged to Vadodra in Gujarat, had resumed their journey by road, she added.
Condoling the engineer’s death, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted:
My condolences to the family of the engineer - May God give them strength to bear this extremely unfortunate loss— Trivendra S Rawat (@tsrawatbjp) June 10, 2017
Officials said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had been informed of the accident.
DGCA Chief Secretary S.Ramaswamy has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident, IANS reported.
Commissioner of the Garhwal region, Vinod Sharma informed that Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Joshimath has been assigned the probe.