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Helicopter landing near Kedarnath catches fire; all passengers safe

helicopter was attempting to land at a distance from the Kedarnath shrine

In an unfortunate accident, an Mi 17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crash-landed near Kedarnath on Tuesday morning.

The helicopter was attempting to land at a distance from the Kedarnath shrine and it suddenly caught fire following collision with the iron girder while trying to land at a helipad.

However, the authorities moved in quickly to douse the fire.

Other than the minor injuries, the passengers, pilot and co-pilot who were onboard are all reported to be safe.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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