Kathmandu: Nepal's Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari and six others were killed on Wednesday when a private helicopter crashed in eastern Nepal's mountainous Taplejung district, the latest aviation accident in the Himalayan nation.
Besides the 39-year-old tourism minister, the Air Dynasty helicopter was carrying Nepal's prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur Ang Tsering Sherpa, Prime Minister's personal aide Yubaraj Dahal, two senior Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN) officials and a Nepal Army officer.
Rescue workers retrieved the bodies of Adhikari, the pilot and five other passengers from a hillside in Taplejung district where the Air Dynasty chopper went down.
Tourism Ministry spokesperson confirmed that all seven on board the helicopter have been killed in the crash.
The helicopter crashed as it hit a hill while Tourism Minister Adhikari was returning to Kathmandu after visiting famous Hindu temple Pathibhara in Eastern Nepal.
Earlier, the minister accompanied by the technical team from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Sherpa, managing director of Yeti Airlines, had gone for a feasibility study for an airstrip in Chuhandanda, in Tehrathum district.
The helicopter crashed right after it had taken off from the temple, officials said, adding the cause of the crash is being probed....