IN THE WAKE OF HALICOPTER ACCIDENT, HELICOPTER SERICE ON ‘CHARDHAM YATRA’ ROUTE SUSPENDED :

In the wake of the helicopter accident on Saturday morning, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has ordered the suspension of helicopter operations to Sahastradhara, Harshil, Badrinath and Kharsali helipads in Uttarakhand from Sunday till further orders.   The suspension of the chopper operations to the four helipads is being seen as a jolt to the ‘chardham yatra’ as these are located on the pilgrimage route.    In a letter to the Uttarakhand chief secretary, the DGCA said all operations to these helipads are suspended from June 11 till further orders.    “No new passengers are to be airlifted to these helipads. Only passengers airlifted to these helipads earlier may be brought back till end of June 10,” it said.    The DGCA order came hours after a flight engineer was killed and two pilots suffered injuries when a helicopter carrying pilgrims met with an accident while taking off from the Badrinath shrine.  Rediff.com : 11th. June,17

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