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Helicopter crashes in Badrinath; Engineer killed, 2 pilots injured

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Dehradun: A crew member was killed and two pilots were injured when a helicopter carrying pilgrims crash-landed just after taking off from the Himalayan shrine of Badrinath in Uttarakhand on Saturday morning. All the five passengers were safe.

An official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in New Delhi said that an engineer, who was part of the crew, died, while the two pilots suffered injuries.

The Agusta 119 chopper belonging to Krestal Aviation had eight people on board — five passengers, two pilots and an engineer. It crashed at 7.45am.

As per sources, the helicopter got imbalanced while taking off due to insufficient air pressure and fell.

All the pilgrims were from Vadodara in Gujarat and they have left for their respective destinations.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it was investigating the incident.

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