Uttarakhand: Helicopter Carrying 6 Passengers Makes An Emergency Landing In Kedarnath

Enroute Kedarnath, the helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to a problem with its rotor.

by Tashika Tyagi
Uttarakhand: Helicopter Carrying 6 Passengers Makes An Emergency Landing In Kedarnath

A helicopter enroute Kedarnath had to make an emergency landing, 100 metres behind the Kedarnath helipad, due to some technical problem today. The chopper had six passengers and a pilot onboard. Thankfully, they were all able to escape the incident unhurt.

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Kedarnath

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Due to a technical glitch, a helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Kedarnath today. The helicopter, carrying seven people onboard, landed approximately 100 metres before the helipad. All the passengers and the pilot are safe. As per reports, the landing took place due to a problem with the rotor of the helicopter.

Confirming the news, the District Disaster Management office from Rudraprayag released a statement, “A helicopter of Kestrel Aviation coming from Sirsi helipad to Sh Kedarnath Dham carrying 6 passengers along with a pilot had to make an emergency landing approx 100 metres before the helipad of Sh Kedarnath Dham at around 7.05 hrs due to some technical problem.”

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Huge Rush For Char Dham Yatra This Year

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The Char Dham Yatra for this year began on May 10. While Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Kedarnath yatras began on May 10, the doors for the Badrinath Temple opened on May 12. Hindu devotees take these spiritual yatras from April-May to October-November. According to religious beliefs, one should complete this yatra in a clockwise direction. Therefore, the devotees usually start their journey from Yamunotri, then move to Gangotri, then Kedarnath, and finally end at Badrinath.

Seeing the growing number of pilgrims visiting these shrines every year, the Uttarakhand government has made registration mandatory for people visiting the Char Dhams. Devotees can only start the Char Dham Yatra after online registration. The offline registration in Haridwar and Rishikesh has now been cancelled.

We are glad that the technical glitch in the helicopter moving toward Kedarnath did not lead to a bigger accident. This should be a wake-up call for all the helicopter services in the area to make sure that the choppers are provided with regular maintenance and given a thorough check-up from time to time.

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