Nepal tourism minister among 6 killed In helicopter crash
Published: 04:10 PM, 27 February 2019
All seven on board the helicopter carrying Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari have been killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday near Pathibhara in Taplejung district, confirms an Air Dynasty official.
Travelling with Minister Adhikari were the pilot of the helicopter Captain Prabhakar KC, tourism entrepreneur Ang Tshiring Sherpa, security personnel Arjun Ghimire, Under-Secretary at the Prime Minister’s office Yubaraj Dahal, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Birendra Shrestha, and CAAN Engineer Dhruba Das Bhochhibhaya.
The Chief District Officer of Taplejung, Anuj Bhandari quoted the locals as saying they heard a loud bang followed by a sight of smoke and fire in the area.
It has been learnt that the tourism minister along with other officials were on route to Pathibhara Temple after attending a programme at Chuhan Danda in Panchthar to observe the under-construction airport.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister has summoned an emergency cabinet meeting at the official residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwatar. - Himalayan Times