Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, Dies in a Fatal Helicopter Crash, Along With Six Others.

Updated On 28 Feb, 2019 Published On

Rabindra Adhikari, the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal died an untimely death on the 27th February 2019, yesterday.

An Air Dynasty AS350 helicopter, escorting the Tourism Minister crashed in the Sisne Bhir (6 miles away from Taplejung) at exactly 1:30 pm (GMT +545).

CAPTION: Former Tourism Minister of Nepal, Late Rabindra Adhikari.
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Other casualties of the crash include the pilot of the air vessel Captain Prabhakar KC, owner of Yeti Airlines Ang Tshering Sherpa, and Birendra Shrestha, Deputy Director General of CAAN (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal).

Government officials, CAAN Engg Dhruba Das Bhochhibhaya, and Under Secretary of the PM's office Yubaraj Dahal and security in charge Arjun Ghimire, were also victims of the accident.

The minister was retreating after his visit to the famous Pathibhara Devi temple situated in the high altitude region (12,448 ft) of Taplejung, Nepal.

Prior to that, the officials had witnessed the construction process of the airport in Chuhan Dandha, Taplejung.

The locals recall having heard a loud bang and crash from the gorge of the Sisne Khola. Authorities rushed to the site of the crash only to find corpses of the Tourism Minister along with the other six.

Two choppers of the Nepal Army and each from Air Dynasty and Simrik Air was dispatched earlier this morning for the extraction of the bodies. 

The bodies of the deceased are retrieved and have just entered the Tribhuwan International Airport from where they were taken to the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu.

The cremation of Minister Rabindra Adhikari will take place in his hometown in Kaski.

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