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Video: Miraculous escape for tourists in Kedarnath as helicopter spins out of control before hitting ground

Chopper carrying pilgrims develops snag, makes emergency landing in Kedarnath

Video: Miraculous escape for tourists in Kedarnath as helicopter spins out of control before hitting ground

The helicopter landed a few metres from the helipad at the Kedarnath temple. Photo: @realkaypius



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Dehradun, May 24

Six Kedarnath pilgrims had a narrow escape on Friday as their helicopter developed a technical snag that made it go into a tailspin before a hard-landing metres below the helipad in the mountainous region.

Online videos showed the helicopter with six pilgrims from Tamil Nadu and a pilot on board swerving dangerously just above the helipad near the temple.

People at the helipad scrambled to safety as the chopper descended, nearly touching down on the helipad. But it continued to swirl and finally made a rough landing below the helipad.

Citing preliminary reports, Rudraprayag District Magistrate Saurabh Gaharwar said the chopper developed a technical snag in its rear rotor, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing.

The chopper had lifted off from Shersi and was about to land at the helipad near the Kedarnath temple when the incident happened around 7 am.

The pilot kept his cool and took a quick decision, averting a major mishap, Gaharwar said.

All the pilgrims and the pilot are safe and the devotees have returned after having a "darshan" at the temple, he added.

Further investigation is under way, Gaharwar said. 

#Tamil Nadu


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