Kathmandu, Feb 27 (RSS): All seven people, including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, died in a chopper crash occurred 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.
According to Ministry's Spokesperson Ram Krishna Subedi, the dead of bodies of seven have been found at the crash site.
A six-member team comprising Minister Adhikari had taken the helicopter flight from Kathmandu at 8 am today towards Chuhandanda of Tehrathum to conduct a feasibility study of the proposed airport at Chuhandanda. Minister Adhikari, Managing Director of Yeti Airlines, Aang Tshiring Sherpa, Deputy Director-General of Civil Aviation Authority Nepal, Birendra Prasad Shrestha, and Director Durba Bhochhibhoya, Under-Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Yubraj Dahal, Captain Pravakar KC and security guard of Minister Adhikari, Arjun Kumar Ghimire, were also aboard.
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. General Manager at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri, said that the reason behind the chopper crash was the adverse weather.