Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority has now confirmed that country’s tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari is among six people who died in a helicopter crash today.
It is said that the crash is suspected to have taken place in Nepal’s Tehrathum district.
It is also to be said that besides Minister Adhikari, the Air Dynasty helicopter was carrying six others, including Ang Tsering Sherpa, who is a prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur.
The others who were there included Yubaraj Dahal, personal aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Birendra Prasad Shrestha, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
Moments after the chopper was reported missing, local residents in Pathibara area informed the police about a huge flame at the crash site.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister has summoned an emergency cabinet meeting at the official residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwatar.
Nepal has some of the world’s most remote and tricky runways, flanked by snow-capped peaks with approaches that pose a challenge for even accomplished pilots.