Six people, including a pilot, were killed after a helicopter carrying the pilgrims crashed near Kedarnath in Uttarakhand today, officials have said.
The helicopter crashed near Garu Chatti, they said, adding that six bodies have been recovered so far and a rescue operation is underway.
The helicopter crashed right after the takeoff from Kedarnath. A total of seven people, including a pilot, were onboard the chopper, sources say.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia expressed his anguish over the incident.
The helicopter crash in Kedarnath is extremely unfortunate. We are in touch with the State government to ascertain the magnitude of the loss, and are constantly monitoring the situation.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) October 18, 2022