Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the death of an engineer in a helicopter accident in Badrinath on Saturday. The helicopter was taking off for a flight carrying 9 people but could not gain height and crashed.
Chamoli Superintendent of Police Tripti Bhatt told PTI on the phone that the engineer Vikram Lamba, who hailed from Assam, was hit by rotor blades as he jumped mid-air in panic.
The helicopter with eight passengers on board, including three staff members took off normally but soon lost balance and crashed in the nearby thickets, officials said. They were provided transportation by road to Haridwar.
The Agusta 119 helicopter, belonging to Mumbai-based private operator Krestal Aviation, was going to Haridwar. Pilot Sanjay Wasi, 39, sustained back injuries, while co-pilot Alka Shukla suffered minor injury.
An official at the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in Delhi that an engineer, part of the crew, died.
DGCA Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. DGCA said it was investigating the matter. A sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) will conduct the inquiry. "My condolences to the family of the engineer - May God give them strength to bear this extremely unfortunate loss", he tweeted.