CHOPPER CRASH-LANDS AT KATRA; 7 WOUNDED

DGCA Initiates Probe; Team Arriving Today

RANJNA CHARAK

Jammu, Dec 30: At least seven persons, including a pilot and 6 pilgrims, were injured when a chopper made a crash landing near Katra – base camp of Vaishno Devi cave shrine, near here on Sunday morning. Director General Civil Aviation has initiated a probe in the incident.
 Official sources told Greater Kashmir that the Pawan Hans chopper- carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims, developed a technical snag forcing the pilot to make emergency landing at Salal Dabri near Katra.
 Seven persons, including the pilot, were injured in the crash, police sources said adding that the chopper crashed soon after it take-off.
 “The helicopter, with 6 pilgrims on board was returning from the Sanjtichat-based helipad and made an emergency landing at the Salal-Dabri area after the pilot detected a technical snag” Jagjeet Kumar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Udhampur-Reasi range said.
 During the emergency landing, the helicopter tilted due to non-availability of space resulting in injuries seven people, including the six pilgrims, the DIG said.
 The injured have been identified as Anita Puri, Arti Puri, Chetan Kumar, Arun Kumar, Mikashi Raj Rani all resident of New Delhi and pilot Col Amarjeet Singh Parmar.
 “The pilot managed to land the helicopter averting major tragedy”, sources claimed adding that while the injured pilot was shifted to Army Hospital Udhampur, the other injured were undergoing treatment at District Hospital, Katra.
 “Immediately after the crash the another chopper of Global Victra reached to the spot and shifted the injured to Katra Hospital”.
 “The pilot had informed the control center about the technical snag. He was in touch and had also informed about the crash landing”, an official claimed.
 A Pawan Hans official in Delhi said the pilot detected the technical fault in the engine and made a "precautionary landing".
 Katra is a small town situated in the foothills of the Trikuta mountains, where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is located. Pawan Hans helicopter services are used to ferry pilgrims between the Sanjichat-based helipad and Katra base camp.
 An official spokesman of Raj Bhawan said that the Governor NN Vohra, who is also Chairman of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, directed Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer of the Board to immediately proceed to the accident site and supervise the rescue, relief and other required measures.
 After being administered urgent medical treatment at Katra, four passengers were referred to the Government Medical College, Jammu, for further examination and treatment, the spokesman said adding that the CEO had arranged their evacuation to Jammu by Helicopter but this could not materialize for want of IAF clearance due to the weather pattern over the Nandni hills.
 Consequently all injured passengers were brought to Government Medical College, Jammu, in Critical Care Ambulances and have been declared out of danger.
 The Pilot was evacuated from Katra to the Command Hospital, Udhampur, for the required treatment.
 He said that on the direction of the Governor, CEO took up the matter with Director General Civil Aviation for initiating time bound inquiry in the matter. “A two-member DGCA Inquiry Team is reaching Katra tomorrow to commence proceedings”, he said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • TwitThis
  • Mixx
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • YahooMyWeb
  • Print News

Enter the Security code exactly as you see it in the image security code is CaSe SeNsItIvE(Cookies must be enabled)
  • MORE FROM JAMMU

  • Kashmir

KU ‘reluctant’ to run human rights course

Varsity Authorities Indecisive On Taking Financial Assistance From UGC

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 30:  Kashmir University authorities are indecisive on accepting the financial assistance from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for running a human rights course at the varsity More



  • Srinagar City

Dal gets buffer zones to check heavy nutrient, silt influx

Eco-friendly measure aimed to naturally filter lake’s inflow waters

ARIF SHAFI WANI

Srinagar, Dec 30: Government has created buffer zones around Dal Lake to prevent heavy inflow of obnoxious nutrients, silt and Azolla from its catchment areas.  Excessive siltation and nutrient inflow More




  • Jammu

SS ALI IS NO MORE

Demise Widely Condoled

GK NEWS NETWORK

Jammu, Dec 30: Former Additional Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, SS Ali, passed away Sunday morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at New Delhi after brief illness. Various More



  • South Asia

21 Pak soldiers gunned down by Taliban

REZAUL H LASKAR

Islamabad, Dec 30: The Pakistani Taliban have gunned down 21 security personnel at a cricket ground after abducting them from check posts near the northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said today.The More



  • Bandipora

Electric sub division Watpora defunct

20000 consumers suffer

Watapora (Bandipora), Dec 30: The electric sub division catering to   thousands of consumers in this north Kashmir area is virtually defunct from the past few months owing to the “sub standard More



ADD
Designed Developed and Maintaned By Imobisoft Ltd /Algosol Software Solutions