Private helicopter collides with tree during landing in Nepal, one dead, four injured

Army personnel have been deployed for rescue efforts.


A helicopter belonging to a private Nepalese helicopter service provider crashed in eastern Nepal on Friday, killing one person and injuring four others, including the pilot, an official statement said.

The accident occurred near the Bhotekhola river in Sankhuasabha district, while the helicopter carrying construction material for an under-construction hydro project with the pilot and four other passengers on board crashed into a tree near the waterway while landing.

A helper named Bhavin Gurung of Simrik Air Helicopter succumbed to his injuries.

“The accident occurred at around 1.20 pm on Friday and four people, including the pilot of the Simrik Air helicopter, were injured in the accident while one of the helpers died during treatment at the hospital,” said a statement from the district administration. ,

Apart from the dead, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported that four other people on board the helicopter were identified as Captain Surendra Paudel, crew members Tshering Bhote and Manoj Thapa, and Nepal Electricity Authority employee Bikram Shankar.

According to the official statement, the helicopter crashed near Bhotekhola river in Sankhuwasabha district while landing.

Senior officials at the spot said that out of the four passengers, two sustained serious injuries while the rest sustained minor injuries.

Brigadier General Krishna Prasad Bhandari, who is also the spokesman for the Nepalese army, said army personnel have been deployed along with its helicopter for rescue efforts.

The helicopter was carrying construction material for the Upper Arun Hydro Project, which is being constructed by a Nepalese company.

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