Nepal’s Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari and six others were killed when their helicopter plunged in eastern Nepal’s mountainous Taplejung district, according to a media report.
The dead on board the Air Dynasty helicopter included its pilot, prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur Tsering Sherpa, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s personal aide Yubaraj Dahal and Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Birendra Prasad Shrestha, an Air Dynasty official was cited as saying by the Himalayan Times.
Huge blaze at the crash site
Moments after the chopper was reported missing, local residents in Pathibara area notified the police about a huge blaze at the crash site.
Chief District Officer of Taplejung Anuj Bhandari cited the locals as saying they heard a loud noise followed by a display of smoke and fire in the area.
It has been discovered that the minister along with other officials had intended to visit Pathibhara Temple and then fly to Panchthar to see the under construction airport at Chuhan Danda.
The authorities have sped to the incident site. While the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister has ordered an emergency Cabinet meeting at the official residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwatar.