Nepal chopper crash: Japanese national among 6 killed, 1 woman survived

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A helicopter with seven people on board crashed in a dense forest area in central Nepal on September 8, killing six passengers, including a Japanese national. One woman survived the crash with injuries.

Uddab Bahadur Thapa, Chief District Officer of Nuwakot District, reportedly said that the fatalities were confirmed and a female passenger has been rescued.

A Nepal Army helicopter and a private chopper along with rescuers have been dispatched to the crash site.

Thapa added, “The chopper was spotted inside a dense forest in a tilted position. The rescuers had to struggle a lot to reach to the chopper. The weather in the area is still adverse and we were struggling hard.”

According to eyewitnesses the ill-fated Altitude Air chopper crash-landed in the forest area bordering Dhading and Nuwakot districts.

According to the sources, the chopper which took off from Kathmandu airlifting a patient along with other passengers from Samagaun in Gorkha lost contact with the air traffic control tower at 8:05 am today before it was supposed to land at the Tribhuvan Interbnational Airport at 8.18 am.

The passengers onboard the chopper include Japanese national Hiromi Komatsu, Dilli Bahadur Gurung, 40, of Ramechhap, Hira Sherpa,37, of Dolakha, Lho Aani Dolma Diki of Chumnubri Rural Municipality-2, Gorkha, Chhewang Nurbu of Chumnubri-1, Sunil Tamang, 22, of Sindhupalchok and Pilot Nichan KC.